Traveling Coach Isn’t So Bad…

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Hello,
Happy Friday! This week has flowwwn by and so did the month of July! But August signals the countdown to the birthday vacation trip. I’ll be deviating a bit from our weekly topics and posting a few more on travel. Going First Class is high on the bucket list, but this time around it’s Coach for a long flight but there are ways to make Coach feel better, if not just like First Class.

One of my favorite travel gurus is Sonia Gil. She is very quirky and a bit offbeat, but she explains travel topics in everyday language. She has a whole video series on travel covering a wide range of topics, from packing, to hotels, to fashion. Sonia has come up with some quick tips to make Coach feel a little more luxurious.


Coach, First Class, travel

Do you travel Coach or First Class? What are some of your tips for improving traveling in Coach Class?

Have a peaceful weekend!

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Sisterly Friendships

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Hey pretties!!!
I’m back!!! I’m attempting to write this post without boo-hooing, but the weekend was better than I ever imagined. The theme for the brunch was Mimosas and Maxis. I asked my girls to wear their favorite maxi dress and they delivered. Such fashionistas! The folks at 4th and Swift prepared a beautiful and delicious brunch and never ending mimosas, even creating a personalized menu for the day! If you’re ever in The A, check them out!

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It was my 50th birthday, but it was really a day to celebrate sisterly friendships because the word sister rang out over and over.
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I commissioned these custom bracelets as gifts for the sister friends. The green bead symbolizes life, the purple bead for royalty, since Leos are Queens of the jungle, the dress charm for our fashion theme and the infinity charm for endless friendships. I’m a cookie monster so I also gifted the ladies these custom cookies. So pretty and so good!

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It is essential that as women we form bonds with other women. These sister friends have stood by my side during the good, the bad, and the ugly that life sometimes brings-they have my back. These sister friends are family, friends, high school classmates, college classmates, sorority sisters, and co-workers, with many relationships 20 years or longer. My sister friends call me sister, lil sister, big sister, friend, confidante, cheerleader, mentor and of course diva…LOL I love them and I feel immensely blessed to have them in my life, thank you God. What a time we had! So happy!

Gearing up now for vacation, more to come on that!

Do you share sisterly bonds with a special group of women? I sure hope so! Have a great day my pretty friends!

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Confidence

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You're amazing

Hey Pretties,
Hope your weekend was great! Thank you for the birthday wishes, the party is still going strong, but I wanted to share some wise words from Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere. I love this post, wish I had known these things at 21. As I read the post, I thought here’s an uber successful blogger/business woman who has struggled with confidence issues, who knew?? Her tips are straightforward and easy to incorporate in our daily lives. It goes to show that we are all women striving to be better, more confident women. Confidence is a woman’s best dress. Enjoy! I’ll back in full swing tomorrow!

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It’s The Big 5-0!

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Hello,
Today is the 50th birthday for me and my twin. I’m so thankful to God for blessing us with this milestone. The road to 50 has been scary, exciting, interesting, challenging, fun and surprising. But an old church hymn says, “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey” and that’s real talk. We are blessed with loving parents, a crazy baby sibling, lots of family, and loyal friends. What else could we ask for? Absolutely nothing.

50 isn’t scary to me at all. I feel a sense of having lead a good life, not always the life I planned, but I’m not the one in control and I’m glad He has guided me down this path to 50. In my 20′s, I climbed the Corporate Ladder, honing my skills leading to a successful career in HR. In my 30′s, I married and unmarried, the end. I have struggled with being painfully shy, not really talking, not speaking my mind, letting my grades and other life accomplishments speak for me. In my 40′s, something happened. I turned a corner and gave myself permission to say what I felt. This was extremely freeing and way overdue. At 50, I’m comfortable with Me, feeling like I am enough. This life has been the best, we are blessed and favored in ways we can not measure. I can’t wait to see what this next half holds.

Have a super Sunday!

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Image credit: Pinterest via Etsy



50th Birthday Gifts

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Hello and Happy Friday,
Woot Woot! Gosh, I’m stillll not at 100% but thank God for getting me through this week! Well in two days, I’ll be turning 50 and what’s a birthday without gifts. These are pretty tongue in cheek 50th birthday gifts, I mean except the tiara, I want that. I’m just happy to have lived this long and the best gift is being able to celebrate this milestone with 20 of my closest girlfriends on Sunday. Big Fun! I’ll be semi-away from the blog for a couple of days but do stop by and follow me on Instagram for all the fun!

Have an awesome weekend pretties!

Link parties{here}.

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Let’s Go…Back In Time

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Hey Pretties,
I’m still under the weather, dang it! It’s all good, the birthday celebration continues. Let’s Go back in time for a Throwback Thursday. This picture is from my 45th birthday. I so loved my designer cake. I’m a bag girl, posted my dream bag a couple of weeks back so this cake was so perfect topped with a pink purse. Sadly, it didn’t taste as good as it looked but I sure loved looking at it.

It’s time to take some more meds, the big day is only 3 days away. How have you commemorated a milestone birthday?

Link parties{here}.

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50 Things…

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50 Things
1.God first
2.Family second…period
3.It’s better to chase my passion than to chase the money
4.Education is the ticket up
5.Good grammar matters
6.Being on time shows the other person respect
7.It’s OK to have standards, I set the bar where I am comfortable
8.Home is where the heart is, my home is my sanctuary
9.Good friends are priceless
10.Loyalty is underrated
11.Books are the gateway to endless possibilities, read often
12.Travel as much as possible – it has broadened my horizons
13.I need to own my “stuff”, sometimes it is Me
14.Forgiveness is for Me
15.See people for who they are, not what I want them to be
16.Written goals give me something nice to look forward to
17.Saying I love you to the people that matter most isn’t always easy
18.Please, Thank You, Yes Sir, and Yes Ma’am, go a long way
19.Dress not to impress, but to make an impression
20.Matchy-matchy isn’t all bad
21.A good shoe is not broken in, it just feels good
22.A good handbag and wallet are an investment
23.A little black dress comes in handy – interview, funeral, cocktail party…
24.A handwritten thank you note, beats an e-card any day
25.Responding to an RSVP is much appreciated by the Host or Hostess
26.Cooking is a skill I should have acquired, still hate it
27.Piano lessons weren’t so bad, should have stuck with it
28.Learning to drive was freeing
29.Store brands work really well and cost less
30.Recess was for my own good, still hated it
31.Being teacher’s pet wasn’t the best situation
32.Being in a sorority has been invaluable
33.Traveling solo was less scary than I imagined
34.Setting up automatic savings deposits was a good thing
35.Thankful for swimming lessons, should be a life skill
36.Exercise is not a chore, it’s a necessity
37.My Fitness Pal and meal prep make a huge difference
38.Flossing makes a big impact on overall health
39.Don’t be embarrassed to ask the doctor anything
40.Tip 20%, the math is easier
41.Learning the proper use of utensils in a formal table setting is very cool-outside to inside
42.It’s OK to be the first one in and the last one to leave, but not everyday
43.If a job doesn’t exist, create it – it’s OK to be the first one to do something
44.If I don’t know, I don’t know – but then I go find out
45.Shy, Introverts can be successful
46.When people show you who they are the first time, believe them – Thanks Maya
47.Give the gift of Goodbye – Thanks TD
48.God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself – Thanks Oprah
49.I’ve loved and lost, but I still love
50.I wish I had done this at 21, 25, 30, and 40!

What have you learned?

Link parties{here}.

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More Or Less…Bar stools

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More OR Less

Hi pretties,
Feeling a bit under the weather, but I wanted to share this week’s More or Less, bar stools. Each of these are sleek and stylish with the dark finishes and metallic accents. Bar stools are most commonly used in kitchens and basements for additional seating. Both of these are really nice but the quilted fabric wins me over, I’m going with the Less version.

Which version would you choose?

Link parties{here}.

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Nikki Can Cook

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Hello,
I hope the weekend rocked for everyone. It was kinda rainy most of the weekend, but the rain did not stop the fun. I scratched another thing off the bucket – a cooking class. Saturday me and some of my girlfriends attended Cooking and Cocktails with Nikki.

Cooking and Cocktails

Nikki Bell has been cooking since she was 7 years old. A self-taught Chef, Nikki was one of 16 home cooks from across the U.S. that competed for a $50,000 cash prize in the Food Network’s new culinary competition series America’s Best Cook. Nikki credits her love of cooking to her grandmother. She shared stories about cooking from the Betty Crocker cookbook alongside her beloved grandmother.

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For Cooking and Cocktails, we feasted on chicken breasts stuffed with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat-cheese accompanied by couscous. Nikki guided us through this simple, yet delicious and nutritious meal. The chicken was moist and the stuffing was full of flavor. I’ve had couscous at some pretty nice restaurants, but this dish was melt in your mouth good. While preparing this fantastic meal, Nikki gave us tips on finding quality cooking utensils at stores like Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, and Ross – checkout the home section at these discount retailers. She urged us to buy the freshest ingredients from a farmer’s market or from stores like Aldi.

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To finish off our meal, Nikki prepared an “ice cream” of frozen bananas, apricot preserves, and almond milk using a NutriBullet. Y’all it was so good – I’m buying a NutriBullet as soon as they go on sale. I topped my ice cream with balsamic strawberries. Oh gosh, so good!
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I asked Nikki what was her takeaway from her Food Network experience, “Don’t be afraid to go for it and salt your pasta water!”. This was a good experience and Nikki’s down to earth approach to cooking has me thinking yeah maybe I could whip up some stuffed chicken and couscous. Learn more about Nikki at her website Nikki Can Cook and grab a cookbook and some spices.

Link parties{here}.

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