Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Melanin Magic

We have been in a world-wind these past few weeks. Jeremy has started football (#20, Texarkana Cowboys). I have started a new workout routine. Our beloved pet beta fish Quilbert has died. We have since gotten a new beta fish, [Quilbert] Junior. I'm balancing being a mom, working full time, football practices, games and fundraisers, as well as blogging. I will get the hang of this! And school starts next week. WE NOW HAVE A KINDERGARTENER! I can already tell this year will be a great one.

Here's to another successful and prosperous school year.



Top: EXPRESS | Shorts: TJ MAXX | Sandals: TARGET

Monday, June 20, 2016

Emerald of the Sea

Prior to our Orlando trip, Jeremy and I spent some time with my family in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Saint Croix, to be exact. It was a well needed distraction from all the things going on around us at the moment. Jeremy absolutely loved the freedom of being able to just run freely and play without regard on my family's land. He's truly an island boy at heart.

And what would an island boy be without a day at the beach?! We had so much fun splashing and wading and just soaking up the rays. We visited Hotel on the Cay (pronounced "key"), a popular tourist destination on St. Croix. Could you believe on his first official beach day Jeremy held a starfish?! I was born and raised there and it was my first time.

Our day at the beach was more than I could have ever hoped for. One of the other amazing things I got to do while at home was a tour of the world renowned Cruzan Rum distillery. It's one of the Virgin Islands' pride and joys. The tour was great. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and its comes complete with 2 cocktails and 3 shots at the conclusion of your tour.

Our time spent in the Virgin Islands was mostly spent by the water. Whether for lunch, an evening hangout with friends or a beach day, the ocean was a reoccurring theme. It was nostalgic, to say the least. A little piece of me will always be on that little rock in the Caribbean Sea..

Hope you enjoyed that little piece of my home as much as I did.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Florals for Florida

This past week MarShawn, Jeremy and I spent a few days in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the beautiful union of Jeremy's aunt Scherelle and her new husband Martavus. For this joyous occasion, I chose a piece from KTR Collection's latest release. We all know I absolutely love and adore her designs, and with the lace-up back, this dress was perfect for a summer wedding in Florida.

I paired the dress with a gold Michael Kors clutch and nude Steve Madden fringe heels. I've included links to where these items can be purchased below. I kept my accessories to a minimum, as to not distract from this dress. The details all spoke for themselves:

If you enjoyed this look, leave me a comment below!
Stay safe, and please continue to keep everyone affected by the tragedy in Orlando in your prayers.



Shoes: STEVE MADDEN (similar here)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cinco de Jerm!

This weekend we hit an unforgettable milestone in my sweet baby's life: he turned 5! This was my first time throwing him an actual party. In the end, all the hurdles, setbacks and delays were all worth it. Jeremy had a blast! So many lessons learned in these past few weeks, but at the end of the day I wouldn't change a thing. This process all started with my wonderful friend Regina, who made me these amazing custom Batman invitations. Unfortunately, I couldn't upload a picture of them (they had personal info on them, sorry!). Please take my word for it, they were gorgeous! Early on in this process I had decided that I wanted to make most of the things for the party, instead of just purchasing the generic party sets. First thing on the list, create a backdrop for the main table at the party. After an extensive google search (my idea of research, ha!) this was the end result:

I used 3 20"x 30" foam boards, a ruler, a pencil, an exact-o knife and construction paper. Drew the lines, taped the ruler to the board and traced along the ruler with the exact-o knife to keep the lines sharp. Then I cut the windows from the construction paper and taped them to the board. In hindsight, using spray adhesive would have been a better option. I also made a personalized frame:

To make the frame, I used the same 20" x 30" foam board as before. I left 2" from the edge and cut the middle out. Then I bought wooden letters from target for about 79¢ a piece and little containers of paint. I used a combination of paint and oil markers to decorate the letters, then attached them using a hot glue gun. The large Batman symbol is a novelty pin that was purchased from Spencer's. The embossed Batman stickers were from Hobby Lobby. My sister and I were also very hands on with the take home favors:

Each favor basket included a homemade Batman shaped rice crispy treat and lollipop, Batman chocolates, sugared marshmallows on a stick, gum balls, a Batman rubber bracelet, boomerang and paddle ball game. The treats were made and prepared by my sister and I; my sister purchased the molds and cutters from Amazon. The toys were purchased online. The 3 layered custom tags were made by Regina. Jeremy, Shawn and I came up with the sayings on the back. Regina also used her Silhouette Cameo to make the photo props:

The cake, cupcakes and cake pops were ordered from a local bakery here in town and for entertainment there was a Justice League bounce house:

In all, it was worth it. We had a wonderful time! Here's to being 5...


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

—Maya Angelou


Monday, April 18, 2016

Back in the Sunshine State

Our little vacay back to Florida for a couple days was short and sweet. Filled with family, close friends and lots of warm weather. The atmosphere there is just so different than it is here in Texas. Although we weren't able to eat all the yummy things we wanted and visit all the places we wanted too, we made the most of the time we had.

On the way into Tampa, Jeremy was invited into the cockpit of our flight by the pilot and attendants. He had so much fun interacting with the pilot and telling everyone to "ENJOY YOUR TRIP" over the intercom! It was such a beautiful way to begin our time away.

While there, we were able to spend time with close friends and family. Until now, Jeremy thought he only had 2 cousins! It was quite a shock for him to meet all these new people who had been watching him grow for these past four (almost 5!) years. Most of all, I was excited to spend time with one of my most favorite cousins, Thalia (who just so happens to read my blog). Hey Thal!

Isn't she gorgeous?! *heart eyes emoji*
But seriously, I was having such a good time being back in Florida that I didnt take my usual thousand pictures. We just enjoyed the time spent with the people we care about. And that break was just what I needed to keep my sanity. I absolutely can not wait for my next visit! Until next time...



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Live in the Sunshine

This month Jeremy's school took Spring photos. Wasn't our little guy adorable?! He practiced his smile and everything! For his look, we wanted something bright and fun so I head over to my local TJ Maxx and put together this ensemble. They offer designer pieces at a much more affordable rate. In my opinion, he wore it so well. On a more personal level, I'm returning to a better mental space and hope to return to blogging. Maybe it's because Spring is finally here! Hope you guys are enjoying the new year thus far!



shirt: NAUTICA || shorts: Polo Ralph Lauren || shoes: TOMS