Gabrielle Union’s Book: We’re Going to Need More Wine

As I scrolled down my Instagram feed weeks ago, I saw Gabrielle   Union running into a room with a box full of books. “I am an author!” she exclaimed. Instantly, I was distracted by my children but I thought, I must go back to her Instagram page. I make time during the week to watch three television shows and Being Mary Jane is one of them, so I definitely wanted to support Gabrielle Union by reading her book. One week later, I had a rare moment when my children were not using my phone. Mind you, I only had a little more than 1% battery to get information on We’re going to Need More Wine. I clicked into Gabrielle’s Instagram bio and I began clicking until I found what I was looking for. Hard copy book, YES! Audible, YES! And book signing, YES! I immediately contacted a friend who did the same and we waited with anticipation for the October 17th  release.

On October 17th after my 5AM work out class, my audible book became available and I couldn’t press that play button fast enough. I must say, I LOVE THIS BOOK! So much so that I am currently  listening and reading “We’re Going to Need More Wine” for a  second time. Why? Because Gabrielle opens up and allows us to get to know her on so many levels. I laughed, had many jaw dropping moments, and affirmations.  Personally, I valued many instances where I could totally relate. Wow, that happened to me too and you, Gabrielle, are the first person to say it.

I listened to the 7 hour audible in my car, at work, during lunch, I just couldn’t stop listening. My husband was drawn in as well as he  pretended to watch the Celtics and Cavaliers play but would yell out hey what did she say? While cooking dinner, my hard copy arrived so I started reading and finished the book. I am so excited about the Real Life Book Tour, I look forward to sharing my photos and  please get this book!

Enjoy the Little Things

Are we missing the little things? I am guilty of missing so much in an effort to do EVERYTHING!

On the day of my daughter’s field day, the garage door would not open. I would be late, but instead of using uber, I decided to walk to my daughter’s school. During that walk, I noticed the little things: wow I never realized the beautiful flowers on that tree and the cupcake shop on the corner.  The walk was eye opening and sent a clear message to not miss too many moments. Enjoying every hug, loose tooth, and bed time story. That’s the  greatest feeling.

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The Make-Up Experience

 

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On Saturday, October 29th started as a day I planned to be a volunteer model to help a friend for her final exam in makeup artistry, but little did I know Saturday would turn into a fun filled day of watching and learning some of the best makeup techniques.  The excitement took place at the renowned Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy, which offers make up classes such as: Basic Principles in Makeup Artistry, Just Eyes, The Everyday Woman, Bridal, Airbrushing and many more.  I had the pleasure of having my makeup done by my friend and newly graduated makeup artist Bayo, who styled me in one of her custom signature pieces from her BayoKemistry clothing line. The makeup skills she obtained in just two short weeks was absolutely remarkable. Ms. Gwynnis offered top notch customer service to the graduate makeup artists and models and made the day even more enjoyable. I am personally looking forward to taking a makeup class in the very near future!

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Neiman Marcus: The Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you enjoy eating a soft chocolate chip cookie, you will love the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie. A set of four cookies came with my daughter’s kid’s meal along with the recipe. So here it is:

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Ingredients:  ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened, 1 cup light (brown) sugar, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon (baking) soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder, and 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds). Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

Using a 1-ounce scoop or 2- tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2-inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

 

 

Do you follow fashion trends? View my Fall Look Book

After I had my daughter,  I  became very conscientious about trying to remain fashion forward.  Now juggling work and family activities, my time to shop is extremely limited.

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Since fashion trends and seasonal colors consistently change, I try to pair pieces that I have in my closet with a couple new pieces each season. Take a look a the ensembles I put together for fall. Click on the picture below to display in a slide show. Popular items: Tan Chunky Sweater, Rabbit Cropped Jacket, and the L.A.M.B Dayton Boot.

 

 

A Family trip filled with activities, good food, and fun…. I Love San Francisco

Five days, four nights, warm days and cool nights – the activities were endless.  From sun up to sun down, each moment was filled with unlimited fun!

My family trip to San Francisco continues to bring a smile to my face.  These were our most memorable moments:

  • Watching the Blue Angels perform aerobatics. That was an experience! We enjoyed the precise formation and the ribbons that the planes created in honor of breast cancer awareness. We saw the performance on two different days and both were treats.
  • The walk through Muir Woods National Monument was breath taking! The height of the Redwood trees is a must-see and I’m pretty sure my jaw remained slightly ajar the entire walk.  Enlarge the two photos below of the trees that I captured.
  • Wine tasting at the castle Castello di Amarosa. The castle provides an ideal environment for families, from the animals to a room for children to color and enjoy grape juice and chocolate.
  • Grape stomping at Sterling Vineyards was a little cold, mushy, and brought on lots of laughs. Afterwards we left our grape stained foot print on a t-shirt.
  • Touring Alcatraz was educational and very well organized. Upon entering, we received a headset attached to an audio recorder which provided direction for where to walk and what happened in various areas of the prison. The recorder had a play back feature that allows individuals to tour at their own pace.
  •  There was so much to do at Pier 39Eating fresh seafood, crepes, Trish’s mini cinnamon sugar donuts; riding the 2-story carousel, shopping; and watching the sea lions. I wished there was more time!
  • Walking the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf; driving down Lombard Street and seeing the painted ladies; taking in a street show and visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum are other activities we had the opportunity to enjoy.

The pictures below capture much of the fun we will always remember and you can see me grape stomp on my instagram page.

The Shop til you Pop Experience

Chocolate covered bacon, donuts, wine, and great conversation, Shop til you Pop is an event I will continue  attending in the future.”

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On Thursday October 6,  four business’s: Taste Boutique, It Works, Sozo United, and Flesh Skin Care came together creating the ultimate shopping experience and I am absolutely thrilled I attended. There was a wealth of information sharing as each business owner provided insight to customers individually on best skincare practices, stretch mark elimination, fashion forward trends for their body type, custom hand bags for all occasions, and so much more.  Click on the store links above to see the merchandise and I hope to see you at the next Shop til you Pop!

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My favorites: Lace up Body con Skirt, Jersey Top with crossed V back, IT Works Body Wrap, IT Works Hair Vitamins, and the Charli Clutch

 

 

 

Carolina Herrera exhibition: SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion +Film

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The exhibit “Refined Irreverence” honors the legendary Carolina Herrera. The exhibit resides in the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film now through October 23rd. The exhibit features a combination of Herrera’s runway looks, day wear, bridal, and red-carpet-gowns worn by the First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrities Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Renee’ Zellweger, Lucy Liu and many more in addition to ensembles from Herrera’s personal collection.

Refined Irreverence is remarkable, seeing 99 different ensembles from numerous collections ranging from years 1981-2016 in one space is incredible. Thirty five years of designs still remain timeless. Today, the Carolina Herrera label produces collections consisting of ready-to-wear and accessories for women, men and children, as well as bridal and fragrances available in 105 countries, including more than 125CH Carolina Herrera retail stores.

 

The Simplest: Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Looking for a delicious, simple recipe? Try Teriyaki chicken. I’ve been making Teriyaki chicken since college and when I serve this dish guests always think I ordered take out. I hope you enjoy and add Teriyaki chicken to your meal rotation.

Recipe steps:

  1. Place chicken wings in saucepan.
  2. Add one bottle of Teriyaki sauce lite.
  3. Fill the Teriyaki sauce bottle with water and add to saucepan.
  4. Boil chicken wings until the meat is falling off the bone and wings are coated with sauce.

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Atlanta Streets Alive

Streets Alive Atlanta!What a great event for families with young children and friends to bike ride, walk, eat, and participate in fun     activities like yoga and tug of war in the streets of Atlanta.  Atlanta Streets Alive opens the streets for people to participate in activities by closing the streets to cars. Streets Alive occurs four times a year in three areas of Atlanta: 1.) Peachtree Street, from Downtown to Midtown 2.) Historic West end connecting 7 neighborhoods via Ralph David Abernathy and Georgia Ave 3.) North Highland,          Highland Ave, and Boulevard.alive

On Sunday, September 25th we participated in our fifth Streets Alive. Here we are taking a break from bike riding to grab ice cream from Queen of Cream on N. Highland.  The final Streets Alive for 2016 is Sunday October 23rd.streets