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I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Ready for Spring

I think the warm weather today is making me crave spring and boy when it comes I will be ready. I'm sad that we didn't have a major snow storm this winter- no sledding, snowball fights or building snowmen.
Since we didn't, the sun and warmth I am eagerly awaiting.
No more dreary grey days.

Here are some of the things I will be enjoying this spring... not all at once of course.
Spring Fling 2012

  • a polka dot umbrella (thanks to one of my Sorors)
  • bright pink lips courtesy of Makeup Forever
  • sun kissed orange cheeks courtesy of Sleek Cosmetics
  • a fun gold sequined skirt that I scored on super clearance at Madewell, perfect for a night out on the town
  • fun colorful bedding from Anthropologie-also on super clearance around the holidays
  • one of my new favorite fragrances- Twirl by Kate Spade
  • neon nails
  • freshly picked flower bouquets from my flower CSA (Christmas gift from the hubby-xoxo)
  • my yellow rain boots
I can't wait for spring. I'm praying I don't have bad allergies this year.
What are some of the fashion, beauty, for the home things you are looking forward to this spring?


Friday, February 24, 2012

Just Sinful

Last week, Walgreens had their Sinful Professional Nail Colors on sale for $.99 and I stocked up.
These will add a punch of color to my spring and summer wardrobe.

These polishes are budget friendly and with the addition of a base coat and top coat will make for perfect manis and pedis!!

I can't wait for warmer weather.

Are you going to try anything new to spice up your beauty routine this spring?


Snapshots of Mardi Gras 2012

As soon as we got in my first stop was to pick up a fried shrimp po'boy sandwhich!

Friday night, I got all dressed up and joined my cousins for the annual Zulu Coronation Ball. It was a night of elegant ball gowns and tuxedos, delicious food and on time drinks. We danced until 4am.


Saturday we slept!!!

Sunday, we went to a Mardi Gras church service and enjoyed King Cake and that good ole' church punch right after service.

Sunday night we caught some night parades and ended the evening with some fresh beignets from Cafe Du Monde!

Monday, we enjoyed all the beautiful parades that took part in Lundi Gras! We came home with three big bags of beads and throws.

Tueday, Mardi Gras Day, we had a ball. We caught the Zulu, REX and the truck parades.

We ran into some Indians and even did a little dancing in the streets.

Overall we had an amazing time and I know the boys will never forget their special time in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2012.

I have videos I will try to load soon.

Until next time..


This weekend I am going to another Mardi Gras party held by The Men of Omega Psi Phi here in the city.
I will post pictures next week!

Monday, February 13, 2012

We're Going to New Orleans

New Orleans Mardi Gras
New Orleans Mardi Gras by mrsrjdean featuring sequin dresses

I can not wait until Thursday, the boys myself, my mom and stepdad are heading to the Crescent City to celebrate Mardi Gras with our family! Although I will miss Scott I am glad to be sharing Mardi Gras with the boys.

Here are some of the things I plan on doing while down there.

1. Catching parades- between the Endymion, Bacchus and Zulu I know the boys will love seeing the bands and the ornate floats.
2. I picked up
3. Jay-Z's Decoded from the library and plan on digging into it on the road.
3. Special request from Scott- stock up on Zapp's potato chips  and of course I will stock up on my Camelia's beans.
4. I'm hoping to get a couple pounds of some boiled crawfish. I hope they are in season!
5. I can't wait to hit up the Zulu Ball at the convention center with some of my cousins. This dress reminds me of the one I will be wearing.
6. Special request from Tre'- he wants to ride the street car again. This time we will do St. Charles route to see all the fancy houses.
7. KING CAKE and pralines- sugar overload!
8. A second line- I love second lines and know the boys will love to dance to the music.

Laissez les bons temps rouler


Friday, February 10, 2012

Healthy Soulfood...Say What Say What?


     I LOVE these ladies.
Healthy soul food and a little history lesson.
Perfect way to start my Friday.
Maybe I will try one of their recipes this weekend.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Josephine Josephine...

Last weekend I came across The Josephine Baker Story movie on TVOne starring Lynn Whitfield. Boy was I intrigued and moved to do a little research.
I admired her persistence courage and strong will to integrate where ever she was, on stage, restaurants, the military...
Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was a dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Born in St Louis, Missouri, she renounced her American citizenship in 1937 to become French. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess"
Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, but turned it down),[3] for assisting the French Resistance during World War II,[4] and for being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre. (excerpt taken via)
Read her entire life story, here.
To Josephine...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012



No matter what you are going through, you are here. Take everyday as a blessing. Know that God has your back, your front, your sides-and will carry you through the good and the bad.

I thank him everyday for waking me up and allowing me to spend another day with my loves.

HAPPY Tuesday


Friday, February 3, 2012

What we are...

...doing. Learning to ice skate. Boy what a thigh workout.

...reading. Black history books for children.

...burning. Fragrant, Capri Blue African Jasmine candle from Anthro. Reminds me of spring!

...eating. Trader Joe's dark chocolate hearts and French onion soup.

...smiling about. Trader Joe's daffodils!!!

HAPPY Friday!
I hope you all had a great week and are excited about your weekend.
I know I am.