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Monday, September 30, 2013

September 2013 Re-Cap

October is TOMORROW. Can you believe it? Time is flying by. This year is flying by. I distinctly remember New Years Eve. 

I've been seeing a lot of monthly re-cap posts and thought this would be a fun way to reflect on the month. 

September started off amazing as Hubs and I attended my dream wedding

I started making my 30 Before 30 List

Our dog Sox seemed to get cuter by the day: 
Blue Nose Pitbull and Shar Pei Mix.

I got to spend a four day weekend at home in Connecticut and spend some time with my niece :


While home my mom also gifted me some designer bags, some scarves, and a Polo top. I love gifts from my mom's closet!


In hair adventures this month I wore a headwrap, blew my hair out for the first time, did a fancy bun faux hawk, and installed some Havana twists: 




How did September treat you?

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Dogs as "Children"

Sox

Hubs makes fun of me all the time for seemingly treating our dog like a child. What's interesting in the debates between treating pets anthropomorphically vs. not is that in the end, everyone really expects their pets to be like humans, even if they don't admit it. 

Pets are animals, but we expect them to hold their bladders and bowels on our schedules, do tricks based on command words, know that a shoe is not a toy...none of these things are animalistic lol. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Barbie Story

I have a lot of Barbies. I haven't counted them in years, but I'd say upwards of 50. Barbies were my present of choice as a child for birthdays and Christmases. I also received a Barbie for each A I received on my report card on many occasions. 

I took very good care of my Barbies. I brushed their hair. I changed their clothes often (I didn't care for Barbie shoes though, they never seemed to stay on). I had white Barbies, Black Barbies, Barbies in wheelchairs, Barbies that could scuba dive, soft Barbies meant for sleeping with, male barbies, short Barbies, toddler Barbies, baby Barbies. You name it, I had it. I'd play Barbies for hours right up until my early adolescence. 

When I grew up and left for college, I left a lot of Barbies behind. Barbies in very good condition still on the shelves I'd kept them on when I wasn't playing with. My grandfather, knowing how much I cherished my Barbies growing up, created a safety system to keep my younger cousins/nieces from playing with my Barbies: 

Those are my Barbies. Safely tucked away behind 2x4s and chicken wire. There is also a padlock that is not visible lol. 

Reason #20327598347587 why I love my Grandfather and he is the absolute best. Remind me to tell you the story of how he probably invented the Frisbee. 

I also have a few specialty Barbies that are still in their boxes. One of them is a Rapunzel, which I did a quick Google search and found it's going for $60 on Ebay. I'll hold on to it a bit longer. Think one day I could get $600 for it? ;-)
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

30 Before 30: 11 - 20


Click here for numbers 1-10. 

11. Meet a blogger I haven't met yet
12. Get my license
13. Visit a restaurant from Diners Drive-ins and Dives
14. Play a home game of Chopped
15. Make a really decorative cake or cupcakes
16. Go shopping and recreate a whole outfit I found on Pinterest
17. Become a paper towel-less household
18. Play a video game until sunrise then go to sleep
19. Complete a juice cleanse
20. Have a pottery party


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Monday, September 16, 2013

One Last Cookie...


After I've had a bought with bad eating I always seem to find myself saying, "ok, one last and then I'll get back on track." Like somehow I have to eat one last cookies to get back to healthy eating. These last hoorah's work sometimes, and other times they don't. 

I know when I'm making a really bad choice in eating when I'm ashamed to pray over a dish. If I can't thank God for what I'm about to eat, I probably shouldn't be eating it lol

I've been going through a lot of things when it comes to eating well and working out. I was even eating paleo for a week, which I may or may not do for an extended amount of time. My best days were last year when I had a personal trainer and cooked all the meals for the week on Sundays. The trainer is no longer financially sustainable and cooking all day long on Sunday just became exhausting. 

My new goal is to work out often following Comcast OnDemand workouts or workouts I find on Pinterest. Although I know I don't feel like cooking everything on Sunday, each Sunday I want to plot out the meals that I will be cooking for the week. 

How's healthy living treating you?
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Faith

Image found on the wonderful Living Simplistically's blog. 

In response to my last post my lovely blogger friend C.C. asked me to write about my faith, my spiritual views, and how they impact my life. 

I haven't written extensively about faith. By checking my FAITH tag I found only two entries: 

"Why God?" and Faith & Why can't Christians keep their faith to themselves?
Just re-read both of those, and they're pretty good, if I say so myself :-P.


I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again. I'm a prayer. I pray. Not as much as I should, probably. I believe in the power of prayer. 

I believe my faith shapes me as a person. I attribute my positive personality to being a person of faith and trusting in God and God's will. People comment often on how it seems like I'm always happy. I attribute that to being a person of faith. 

In reality, I'm not always happy. This year in particular I've dealt with three huge heartbreaks. Three situations that I know I couldn't have made it out of emotionally if I didn't have faith. If I wasn't able to trust in God that things were going to be alright, and that things were all a part of His will, I'd probably still be laying on a floor crying somewhere. 

My faith and spirituality are huge parts of who I am. 

How does your faith and your life interact? 
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

You'll never be happy if...


You'll never be happy if...

you constantly compare yourself to other people. Not comparing is hard. We learn what we want through what other people have. But, being jealous, or wishing you were someone else will leave you unhappy because you can never be anyone other than you. 

You'll never be happy if...

you criticize yourself constantly. Would you take constant emotional abuse from a lover or a friend? Then why do you take it from yourself? Beating yourself up on the inside will do you no good. Motivate yourself, but don't abuse yourself. And if the self criticism is coming from you constantly comparing yourself to other people, you'll be doubly unhappy. 

Be you. Be happy with you. 
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Friday, September 13, 2013

How am I unique?

I really want to blog more. I've been thinking a lot about what I have to offer as a blogger. I've given up on finding one niche, because I have so many interests, but I do want to have a central voice, and offer readers a perspective on things that only I can have. I asked my husband What do I have unique to offer on my blog. He responded: You're black, married, under thirty, no kids, you work in the arts, you're a part-time actor, and you like natural hair.

All of those things are true. I'm going to work on thinking of post ideas that only I, a combination of all the things above, could express in the way I can. 

I don't think I say this enough, but I really appreciate all of you who read and comment on my posts. Thank you. Let me know if there is anything about my life or experiences you've been dying for me to write about ;-)
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sweater Search Fall 2013

I want some sweaters. I want some big, bulky, comfy sweaters. I'm looking for something like these: 







All of these are from my Clothes/Shoes Pinterest Board. But none of them actually click through to a place where you can purchase the sweaters.

I went to search at my usual places for clothes (Marshall's, Forever 21, Express, Kmart) and was severely disappointed. Everything listed in their sweaters sections are really just long sleeve t-shirts. Some of the "sweaters" don't even have sleeves! No nice bulky sweaters. I'm on a mission to find some nice sweaters for around $40 or less (I'd prefer around $20, but I'll pay for quality).

Where have all the good sweaters gone?

UPDATE! I've found a great sweater selection at Dorothy Perkins
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Friday, September 6, 2013

My Dream Wedding

Hubs and I attended my dream wedding this past weekend. Now, I know what you're saying: LaNeshe, how can your dream wedding not be YOUR wedding? I loved my wedding. I wouldn't change a thing. Well, maybe I would change the moment that I broke the HIS glass of the HIS & HER champagne flutes that we bought. But other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. 

This wedding was my dream wedding because it had all the elements of a great wedding I've ever thought of, but most important, I was a guest at the wedding. You can have a different level of fun at a wedding when it's not actually your wedding and you don't have to worry about anything but enjoying yourself. 

The makings of my dream wedding: 

1. No flower girl: The GROOM spread the flower petals out before his wife-to-be came down the isle. I thought that was SO precious. 

2. All the traditions: They did the unity candle, jumping the broom, and a mixing of the sand with the Bride, Groom, and the groom's daughter. 

3. Cocktail hour: Open bar. I don't think this needs explanation lol

4. Ice sculpture: Not only was there an ice sculpture, but they were serving a drink THROUGH the ice sculpture. It was amazing. 

5. Great dinner: First course, crab-cakes with corn mango salsa. Second Course, delicious arugula salad. Third course, the most moist delicious chicken I've ever had in my life, with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. 

6. Choreographed dances: There were multiple choreographed dance routines, which was awesome. I've seen them on the internet, but never in real life. 

Hubs and I had so much fun. We danced more than I think we've done on any occasion before that. We even ended up booking a room at the hotel for the evening. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm and Stacey Yates. 

What are the elements of your dream wedding?
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cool Life Accomplishments


As I've been working on coming up with my 30 before 30 goals, I've had the chance to reflect on all the cool things I've already done between birth and 27: 

1. Gone skydiving
2. Camped out on Black Friday at Target
3. Visited Denver Colorado
4. Camped out at Yellowstone National Park
5. Saw live, free, bears at Yellowstone National Park
6. Visited Garden of the Gods
7. Gone to San Diego 
8. Been on two cruises
9. Gone para-sailing
10. Got married
11. Been featured in the newspaper
12. Rode a segway in San Diego and the Bahamas 
13. Snorkeled in the Bahamas 

There are probably a dozen other things I can't think of off-hand. I am SO BLESSED. 

What have been some of your favorite moments in life so far?
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

30 Before 30: 1 - 10


I have until January 14, 2016 to complete my 30 before 30 goals. I think that gives me a pretty good amount of time. What has been hard is actually thinking of my 30 goals to accomplish before I turn 30 years old. I want them to be things that are completely in my control, things that are accomplishable, but not TOO simple. I also don't want to put anything that I already have plans to accomplish, like eat beignets in New Orleans, which is already on my schedule for December. So far I've come up with ten things: 

1. Pick fruits and vegetables at an orchard
2. Elaborately decorate a pumpkin for my porch
3. Zip line
4. Horse-back ride
5. Visit my best friend from high school and his family in Rhone Island
6. Grow something edible in my garden
7. Spend 30 days developing a good habit
8. Wear a crop top, in public
9. Host a dress up dinner party
10. Take a graphic design class

I suppose my first goal should be coming up with my remaining 20 goals lol. 

Have you made any goal lists recently? What's on them?
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