Baltimore, Maryland

January 8, 2015 § 2 Comments

Maryland National Aquarium
Baby shark
Baby and Shark

I visited Baltimore, Maryland with husband and baby a few weeks ago.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much there is to see and do at their National Aquarium! The SIZE and beauty of the stingrays overwhelmed me, I almost teared up, wow. We stayed for 2 hrs and baby enjoyed it so much. He was so excited by all of the things he could touch and explore and he loved running around and playing peek-a-boo. Afterwards baby was so knocked out, his dad and I went with him to a noisy dinner at World Cafe (university place) and he slept right through it. All tuckered out!

Juice, Juice, Juice!

January 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

green juice

So I’ve decided to dust off my juicer and I’m so excited, infact, I am considering juicing at least four times a week.  It feels great knowing I’m putting something so healthy in my body since my diet had taken a pretty big nose dive after I had baby. I was craving sugar more often which was probably due to my eating it more regularly. However, I’m proud to say I’ve been slowly transitioning away from it. I started by allowing myself less and less with my coffee.

For the juice pictured above I used “misc” veggies that were nearing expiration.

Pear, carrots, ginger, romaine, spinach, and kale ( which made 14 ounces).

My Omgea 8005 Juice Extractor is great, the pulp comes out pretty dry and is easy to clean. I’m curious to know how much time it takes from veg/fruit prep to actual juice…gonna have to time myself and report back.


Colorful veggies

Omega Juicer

Dry pulp

Italy Re-visited

December 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Aaaaaah Italy…

I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed “journaling”!

I was going to post some photos from a recent trip but thought I should first touch on Italy and update you guys. Though we had things stolen from us in Milan, we were able to turn things around and make the best of a not so good situation. We have since replaced everything and moved on. To be honest, I feel like we could have skipped Milan all together, there wasn’t much there there I was interested in exploring.

Rome was CRAZY busy!! I am so happy we purchased tickets for the Cistine Chapel and museum online. The line to purchase tickets was OUTRAGEOUS! There is no way I would’ve waited on that line, it was blocks long and blazing HOT outside (no shade). If you’d like to take a peek at the lines I’m referring to I’ve shared a little footage in my vlogs on here. And it was just as bad for the Vatican. Venice was beautiful but busy too. However, we found that if you walk a few blocks away from the beaten path then you’ll be pretty much all alone. It wasn’t smelly, which people ask me about often when I mention my travels to Venice. But then again, I have lived and travel to NYC often, so I can be desensitized to funky smells, haha.

Here are some of my favorite pics from our trip.










Italy: Bitter Sweet

June 30, 2014 § 4 Comments

Italy, Rimini

Hello everyone,


As you can see, based on my photo, I am in Italy!

I’m gonna get right to it.

It’s bitter-sweet because although I love Italy, this is my 4th trip, my work camera, 2 lenses and lapstop was stolen in Milan yesterday. Not only were my things taken my husband had very sentimental and expensive things stolen from him too. Not even my baby’s diaper bag was spared.

We reported the theft but was pretty much laughed at by the “police”.  I guess having thousands of dollars worth of things stolen from visitors in Milan is not a serious matter and is cause for a chuckle.

What made me feel even worse was after talking to a restaurant employee and a woman at the church (where we were going to see the Last Supper painting), near where we got robbed, we learned that theft/pick pockets/purse snatching in Milan is extremely common.  The woman at the restaurant told me that she warns her female patrons to not set their purses down at their table! I wish I had known about the common thefts in Milan because I would have skipped visiting enitirely.  I plan to write a review on Trip Advisor warning people so hopefully I can keep someone else from having to experience the pain, shock and sadness of being robbed. And from needing help from the uncaring, insensitive “police” in Milan.

I am trying to not let this ruin the rest of my trip since we still have so much time left, but it is incredibly hard.


-Gotta keep smiling and get creative with my iphone.

Finger Combing

June 24, 2014 § 2 Comments

I have had a number of people ask me what I mean when I tell them I finger comb (or finger detangle) my hair, so I decided to shoot video and shared it here:

I stopped combing my hair years ago after realizing that I was literally pulling it out. I tried many different types of combs and styling tools and found that my hands do a much better job than anything I had ever tried.  For me, I now know that simplicity is key.  I also don’t tie my hair up, wear a bonnet or scarf for bed <peeks out window to watch for the Bonnet Police>.  I found that tying my hair up caused my edges to break off badly, so at night I moisturize, re-twist or do large braids.    This routine works for me and I now see a significant difference in the stat of my hair.  I hope my video is helpful!

photo 2


May 31, 2014 § 2 Comments

white converse all stars



I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some white Converse All Stars for the last few months.  I had a pair in emerald green and foolishly decided to toss them a few days ago!!!  I didn’t realize I would regret that decision until I got home and took my white ones for a spin, Converse never get old! FAIL.  Oh well.  Since we’re moving back to the east coast in a few weeks I have been cleaning and purging like a crazy woman! EVERYTHING MUST GOOOOOOOOOOO!  I guess I got a little too crazy!

Looking ahead, I plan to wear these white ones with everything from cut-off denim to maxi dresses, I love them!


*Peep the pretty flowers?  My sweet husband and baby just happened to buy me flowers on their trip to Whole Foods, worked out perfectly for my impromptu sneaker snaps, smiles.

I am starting my workout on Monday, for real, this time…

April 30, 2014 § 2 Comments

I have been trying to motivate myself to workout consistently for so long that I am too ashamed to specify. Well, as of Sunday I seriously got tired of putting it off and hearing the tape recorder in my mind being stuck on “repeat”.  I finally took the first step toward consistenly working out. For the first day I kept it simple, 3 mile walk (1hr), modified push-ups and sit-ups. The following day was pretty much the same. Today, I plan to go downstairs to my gym (baby is knocked out in his swing as I write this in my iPhone, YAY!) to workout. I have had baby in tow these few days so walking has been easier because if he hasn’t napped well then he is not interested in sitting and chillin’ while mommy works out. By the way, I am so happy that he’s now able to situp unassisted, he seems to be able to better entertain himself. For today’s workout I plan to let him sit on his blanket and play with his toys. 

My gym goals today: 1/2 hour of weight lifting (arms/legs), with limited rest periods using light weight and more reps.

Gratefully, I don’t need to loose any weight (a big thanks goes to breastfeeding!!), so I want to tone-up and see more definition in my arms, legs, and my buns need work too. 

I will keep y’all posted. 

**Side-note** Pray for me cause baby still hasn’t started sleeping thru the night which often makes me extremely tired and sluggish throughout the day. I figure I’m gonna be tired whether I workout or not so I may as well try to get fit. Though, I must say, I definetly feel more exhausted at the end of the day with these added workouts. 


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