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Top Ten Tuesdays

What should you ask yourself while deciding what needs to go and what needs to stay? The arctic freeze is finally over and life is slowly getting back to normal. HOORAY! I’m ready for some normalcy. With getting back to "normal", that includes clearing out all the junk that has piled up over Mardi Gras Break and the lockdown. As I mentioned before, the family and I needed to declutter almost every space in the house. The kitchen is overloaded with extra things we don’t need. The living room is cluttered with extra toys, books, furniture that makes everything look chaotic. The bedrooms...we won’t even go there. The bathrooms are filled will girly nonsense because we are a family of estrogen. But dare I say it, there will be no more clutter! It’s time to throw out the old and bring in new energy and joy for our growing family. So today I am listing the top ten questions you should ask yourself about items you are removing from your home or office. Have I used it in the last six months? If you haven’t used it in the last six months then it’s not a necessity! It’s a luxury and luxury is not something that we need right now. We need efficiency and functionality. Does it hold sentimental value to you or someone in the home? If there is a strong emotional tie to this item then keep it. However, if the emotional tie is traumatic or overwhelming, it would be best to remove it from the space because we are trying to enhance the positive energy. Is it functioning properly? If it’s broken and you’ve been saying you will fix it and you haven’t, remove it from the space. Is it taking up space that you could use for something else? We are looking to open up the space. If this item or items are taking up space that can be used to open up a space and make things flow better, remove it. Are there more than one of the same item? Maybe you got a really good deal on the item and thought having a backup would be great. I’m proud of you for thinking ahead however we are trying to let go of the excess. Can it be compiled to save space? So this speaks to old photos and cards. Instead of having them all over the shelves, make them digital instead and create a rolling video of them in a single digital frame or on your laptop. Does it fit with the idea you are trying to achieve? If it doesn’t bring you joy or positive vibes, remove it. Will it increase in value over time? There is nothing wrong with holding on to collectibles that increase in value. However, you might want to invest in keeping it somewhere else where it will remain in pristine condition and out taking up valuable space. Does this item easily carry germs but hard to keep sanitized? We are living in trying times. If it’s too hard to keep clean, remove it. Have you outgrown this item? This can be anything from clothes to toys to furniture. Let it go and release yourself from the restraints of the past. Start fresh and get back that joy and happiness.

Top Ten Tuesdays

Feel Good Fridays

A weekly reminder to enjoy life and the fruits of your labor It's finally Friday. The weekend is officially here and you should be proud of yourself. You made it! Gold star for you....and for me. As a teacher, I can't wait until 3:45pm on a Friday. It's like nothing you've ever experienced before. I shove the last crazy freshman out of the door as I hear the last few stragglers playing tag in the halls and running down the stairs. I close my door, kick off my heels, and turn up the music while I disinfect my classroom for the upcoming week. I must say that this was not always the case. I would run out of the door with the students and save my chores for early Monday morning. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you can't leave cleaning your classroom to chance. So I created a cleaning playlist (Feel Good Friday) to help me expedite the process and get me on the road for two days of rest and relaxation. I've included my playlist in a link above and screenshots below. I have very eclectic taste so my music ranges from hip hop to hard rock. However, the playlist really depends on the flow of the day. Were my classes crazy? Were they chill? Were they engaged? All of these things play a factor in how I select my playlist. What music do you like to listen to on Fridays? What tunes get you in the mood to let down your hair and take in some quality time alone or with friends and family? Whatever music you choose to rock out to, just remember that it's all about you and what makes you feel good on a Friday. Have a great weekend and suggest some new music I can add to my playlists.

Feel Good Fridays

My Summer Body Challenge

By no means am I saying that I am overweight. I’m simply stating that I’m out of shape and miss the healthier version of myself. Now that school is out I can focus more on my business, my family, and my body goals. I have four things I’ve chosen to do to improve my mind and body this summer. 1. Daily morning workouts 2. Healthier eating 3. Cutback on drinking 4. Increase self care I’ve cleared space in my home so that I can do my morning YouTube dance cardio workouts. I’m loving Mike Peele right now. His workouts are fun and high in carb burning. I drink lots of water and turn the air conditioning up so I can get some extra sweat happening. I’m cutting back on my carb and salt intake. Crawfish season is almost over and they are getting tougher to peel. This means I won’t be eating nearly as much but I hate to work too hard. My eggs are plain and I eat them with a veggie on the side. I am also addicted to pasta. I want it every single day that my eyes are open. This will be the hardest habit to break this summer. I said pasta would be the hardest but as I get to this step I realize that cutting back on drinking Red Bull and vodka and wine will the hardest or them all. I don’t live the healthiest lifestyle. I have a Red Bull as soon as I wake up and maybe another in the evening with vodka. But I will admit that I consume at least two drinks a day. I’m a teacher! Education is stressful. I need it to wine down. However, on the weekends it’s much more because I’m a social drinker. Finally, I will be incorporating more self care techniques to achieve my healthier version of Me! I will be blogging more, meditating before bed, doing evening yoga to wind down before bed, and a weekly self care service. What’s that last one you say? I will go to the nail salon, go get a massage, go on a solo date.

I’m very excited about the next two months. check back to read more about my adventures of my Summer body challenge.

My Summer Body Challenge

New Year Countdown

Christmas is here and now it’s time to plan out your next seven days. What will you do? How will you start? Who will help you achieve your goals? Let’s get started with the end in mind. Where would you like to be this time next year? This is the beginning of your goal setting. Do you want to be more financially responsible? Do you want to be more healthy? Do you want to be in a healthy relationship or have traveled to more destinations than ever before? The answer to any of these questions should be YES! This is the beginning step to setting your 2022 goal for yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Every goals begins with knowing what you want, what you are capable of, and your limits. Know your commitment level. If you are easily swayed to do other things, take on a commitment partner. Someone who will motivate you to stay on your goal path. Plan out detailed steps. There is absolutely no plan that was ever achieved without planning. Plan with intention. Know exactly what you need to achieve your end goal. If it takes four steps or twenty…whatever it takes, use the next seven days to plan every detail to the T to ensure success for next December if not earlier. Give yourself hard deadlines throughout the year. Make milestone deadlines that are achievable. Set mile markers that can encourage you to keep going but can also be seen as mini celebrations on your road to year’d end success. We are ready to take the first step to a very successful and fulfilling 2022. Check back for a guide on how to create meaning milestones and how to celebrate them in a healthy way.

New Year Countdown

Ten Reasons to Declutter Your Home

January was the month to grab the reins for 2021 and prepare for the year ahead. Here is February and it’s full steam ahead. We started the month with Mardi Gras and now it is Lent. For the next forty days we give up things that we deem important to our daily lives. In the spirit of Lent, let’s start the season with giving up the clutter. Bless others with your preloved items - this is a year of giving. Help those who are in need by cleaning out your closets and drawers and donating your gently used items to family in need Be able to focus better - a cleaner space helps to minimize distractions. You would be surprised how organizing any space makes it easier to focus on what’s important Value the things you own - making decisions about what to keep and discard helps you to remember the purpose and value of the items you have. It will also help you appreciate the things you chose to keep Decrease your stress - visual clutter increases your stress. Clutter creates a chaotic atmosphere in your living space. Clear out the clutter and allow yourself to breathe easier with each box or bag you donate. Saves time - makes it easier to find things. Decluttering those cabinets, closets, and shelves helps to minimize the amount of time needed to find things. This will in turn decrease your stress levels and increase efficiency. Easier to clean - less clutter makes for easier cleaning. More open counter space makes it easier to wipe your surfaces off and less places for dust to hide. Makes your home more welcoming - it gives a more open feel. Clutter makes your home messy and unorganized. Letting go of unnecessary clutter makes your space more refreshing and energizing. Create joy - releasing clutter helps to remove chaos and invite positive energy. As you remove old items from your home, you will increase good energy by creating a joy-filled haven for you and your family Reforms your shopping habits - decluttering will make you more aware of the money you are spending on unnecessary items. It will make you think longer and more precise on future purchases. More time and energy for other things - less stuff means less focus on material things. It will provide you with more time and energy for more important things like that new business you wanted to start or that project you wanted to do with the family.

Ten Reasons to Declutter Your Home

Top Ten Winter Fashion Looks

Here are the Top 10 must haves for this Winter Fashion Season to make your wardrobe go from drab to STYLISH It has been a while since I’ve been able to blog. Changes in life and love can truly have an affect on your business and ambitions. However, I am resilient and am ready to step back into my purpose…. sharing my love of travel, fashion, and wellness with my followers. So let’s get back at it with TOP TEN TUESDAY! Our Top Ten for this week will be the ten most needed items for your winter look this season. They range from over-the-top jackets to simple staple pieces that can be layered. Fringe accented tops and jackets Cropped puffer jackets Oversized puffer vests Chunky ski print sweaters Ponchos and capes Double denim Jumpers Faux fur Knit maxi dresses Tartan (plaids)

Top Ten Winter Fashion Looks

Feel Good Friday

First steps to decluttering you space is finding the right tools It’s Friday guys. You made it through the week. Most of us here in the South were forced to remain indoors because of the crazy snow storm that came through. Prayers and a speedy recovery for my friends and family in Texas. We’ve never experienced this kind of winter before but it did give me the urge to go through the cabinets and closets to clean out the clutter. With being on a budget, I needed to think of inexpensive ways to declutter and reorganize every room in the house. Where best to go than the Dollar Tree. It is my go-to for everything crafty and this will definitely require a crafty eye. Here are a few things we will need to finish our decluttering for the month of February. I will share some great ideas on how to make them look highend and be functional for you home or office. Dollar Tree is the perfect place to meet your organization needs!

Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: 5 Outdoor Activities for Spring

Great outdoor activities to do solo or with others this Spring Looking for a few fun things to do now that it’s starting to warm up outside? Well I am here to give you a few ideas. Who doesn’t enjoy being outside in the fresh air after being cooped up indoors after a blizzard? It’s time to stretch those muscles and get yourselves back outside and back to reality. Jason and I are very adventurous...or I would like to think that we are. We love to be outside and enjoy the outdoors. Taking in the sights and sounds of nature is definitely something that everyone has been missing with the recent weather conditions. You could even say people are getting cabin fever. I am here to provide you with a few alternatives to playing another boring board game or binge watching another episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Select one of the following exciting activities to try this weekend. Hiking a new trail - find a new trail in your local area or jump in the car and take a drive to a new area you’ve never been before. We love hiking out in Tunica Hills just north of Baton Rouge. It is beautiful and has marked trails with various levels of difficulty and length. Outdoor concert - this is the new rave since indoor arenas are not allowing large events. Grab your lawn chair and some snacks. Enjoy an afternoon on the lawn while listening to your favorite band,artist, or DJ playing tunes for you and friends to groove to. Paddle boats/canoeing - grab a friend or go solo. Take in the sights, sounds, and exercise of paddling a boat on the lake or river in your town or a city nearby. We went to Champagne Swamp Tours in Breaux Bridge. It’s about an hour and a half west of Baton Rouge. You can rent your own kayak and paddle out to the middle of Lake Martin.and enjoy bird watching, tour the cypress groves, and hear stories about the natives of the area. Picnic in the park - pack a blanket, a lunch, and a speaker to head to the park. If the sun is out and there is little shade in the area, make sure you pack a large umbrella and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Bring a book for reading, binoculars for people watching, and a frisbee for fun on your local disc golf course. Ziplining - this is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping! Strap on a harness and dangle 75 feet in the air. Talk about a rush. A zipline is a cable that starts at a higher point than it ends. Using the natural decline of the slope, a person can travel down the wire on a pulley system that minimizes friction to help the rider accelerate. Whatever you choose to do, be safe, mask up, and take lots of pictures. Please share your experience and encourage others to get involved and get some fresh spring air.

Feel Good Friday: 5 Outdoor Activities for Spring

Downtown Detroit in December

Detroit is a beautiful city. Despite outside opinion, I found the downtown area to be magnificent. The streets were cleans. The buildings and services were immaculate and the weather was absolutely perfect. I stayed at The Element by Westin which ended up being a great find. The room was amazing with a full kitchen and a nice view. Large windows faced the busy street that ran in front of the boutique hotel. The beautifully decorated lobby was adorned with quaint Christmas trees and bright decoration. The staff were warm and inviting with lots of suggestions on where to visit, eat, and how to easily get over to Canada. Breakfast was provided at their restaurant on the mezzanine floor. Why was this called a “continental breakfast” I will never know! This was far from that. There was a personal chef who made fresh omelets, breakfast sandwiches, etc at your request. I can do nothing but speak highly of the service that I received while visiting this establishment. This Marriot property truly exceeded my expectations. I was less than a mile from The Little Ceasar Arena and Ford Field. There were lots of restaurants ($-$$$$) to choose from. I ate at Buddy’s which had a great lunch menu and amazing service. Rayne was my waitress and suggested great spots for drinks after 9pm. I went ventured into The Brakeman which was a drinking hole (not even close) across the street from the hotel. They had signature drinks with an array of dressings (chiles, grapefruit, blueberries, etc). You buy tokens as you walk in and use them to purchase your beer or cocktails. I went to a Pistons’ game, ice skating at Campus Martius Parc, punched Joe Lewis fist, and saw Spiderman: No Way Home on the 8 Mile. What an experience! Can’t wait to return.

Downtown Detroit in December

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top ten things to do when you visit Louisiana I know that I am not alone in the desire to travel…..am I? Of course not. COVID has truly put a stop to most if not all of my travel plans for 2020 and the beginning of 2021. However, that doesn’t stop me from sharing what you should do if and when you come to Louisiana. Southern hospitality is what Louisiana is all about. From the food to the shopping to outdoor adventures, Louisiana is the true heart of Cajun Country. Listed below are the TOP TEN places to visit in Louisiana to experience true southern culture and hospitality. 10. Mike the Tiger at Death Valley (Louisiana State University) 9. National WWII Museum - Art District New Orleans 8. Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu 7. Mercedes - Benz Superdome / Smoothie King Center 6. Avery Island- Home of Tabasco and Jungle Garden 5. Billy’s Boudin in Scott 4. Kaffie-Frederick’s General Mercantile in Natchitoches 3. Jackson Square - French Market 2. Cajun Country Tours in Breaux Bridge 1. Musical Legends Park on Bourbon Street

Top Ten Tuesdays

Feel Good Friday

5 ways to say “I love you” on a budget We are all in this together right? We are all living on a strict budget because of COVID. So I compiled a few ideas on how to tell that special guy that you truly love him. 1. Massage: what doesn’t enjoy the touch of his woman. It doesn’t have to be all the fancy frills we love ladies. Keep it simple. Some warm oil and soothing music to help him forget about the stress of the world. 2. DIY Car Kit: this would mean more than you know. This is a little kit for him to keep in his glove box. Include things like a flashlight, pen, sunscreen, digital tire gauge, tissues, bandages, and disinfecting wipes. This is a great idea especially for dads! 3. Meal in bed: Cater to his needs. Plan out a menu for him to choose from OR fix his favorite meal and serve him in bed. Don’t forget to be the dessert. 4. Boys’ Day In: What man doesn’t like to have his guy time??? Have him invite the boys over, make a few snacks, and disappear. Give him time to relax and hang with the boys without distractions. 5. Honey-Don’t-List: I know everyone has a list of things that they need the man in their life to do. Go to that list and complete one or two of those things for him instead! Youtube and Pinterest have a plethora of hacks that are woman-friendly.

Feel Good Friday

Spring and Summer Color Palette

I am so excited about the trends for Spring and Summer fashions for 2021. The colors are so vibrant this year despite the condition of the world. According to the Pantone Color Institute. New Fashion Week has provided us with a color palette that inspires “ingenuity and inventiveness’ this season. Marigold Cerulean Rust Illuminating French Blue Green Ash Burnt Coral Mint Amethyst Orchid Raspberry Sorbet Some of these tasty shades have truly been stable colors in our wardrobe already this year. Here are a few examples on how I’ve worked these vibrant colors into my wardrobes and posts.

Spring and Summer Color Palette