Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all are doing well and off to a positive start to your year. I am feeling renewed after a much-needed relaxing break during the holidays. I got the chance to rest, sleep in late (if you consider sleeping to 7 am late), catch up, and spend time with my family after not seeing them for most of the year. Honestly, I enjoyed doing nothing but lounging around each day of my break. It was so calming and therapeutic that I did not want it to end. Nonetheless, I can say that it feels great to be back to the basics. I am ready for this new year and all the prosperity and blessings that 2022 will bring! I am happy to have come back from feelings of burnout and stress I experienced in 2021.
I am hopeful about what’s to come next for me this year.
As I reflect on 2021, I realize that I spent a lot of time building my brand and not enough time taking care of myself. My two-week break taught me that I am too much of a control freak, I should stop putting expiration dates on everything, and I still struggle with setting unrealistic expectations. No wonder I was burned out by the end of the year. I was putting too much pressure on myself, but I’m grateful I realized it before continuing to carry that energy into 2022. What I needed was a work/life balance. I want to secure the bag and the happiness at the same time.
Although I did not find that balance last year, my goal is to accomplish that this year. I wrote down and set realistic goals, worked out a strategy to execute them, and prayed over each one of them. I have a plan for self-improvement, business growth, gratitude, and I have
hope in a jar.
Hope In A Jar has given me such a radiant glow this year. I have become more optimistic about the rest of the year and what’s to come. 2022 will be a year filled with abundance, growth, limitless opportunities, and success. I am hopeful that everything is going to be okay. I am optimistic that all my efforts will be fruitful and multiply. Most importantly, I have faith that I will walk in my purpose and fulfill my passions this year.
This glow-up revelation came from my hope in a jar.
Hope In A Jar is living with optimism. Hope In A Jar is this smooth-glow multi-tasking moisturizer that helped me renew not only my skin but my tired thought process. It became the first thing that made me feel better about maintaining a healthy work/life balance in 2022. Yep, a moisturizer did that.
What is Hope In A Jar?
The Hope In A Jar from Philosophy aims to renew your skin. This smooth-glow multi-tasking moisturizer delivers instant and long-lasting hydration for up to 24 hours. This clean and vegan breakthrough formula provides an immediate clinical improvement in skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is a lightweight, whipped cream texture that feels amazing on contact. It has given me hydration restored energy. I owe all of the credit Hope In A Jar the credit for my skin and energy boost.
I use it only in the mornings after I’ve cleaned and treated my skin. It’s soft and smells great. It’s already showing signs of radiance and clarity. It’s routine maintenance and self-improvement. Hope In A Jar and I get along great. It’s given me what I needed to start again (or to keep going).
2022 is all about hope. 2022 is all about optimism. 2022 is all about renewal.
Christmas came early! I love receiving gifts from Influenster. I have to say thank you to Influenster for thinking of me this holiday season. I have been reviewing products for Influenster for all of 2021, and I’ve enjoyed getting the products they send me to test out. I have had the opportunity to try new products that I’ve heard about, products that I wasn’t familiar with, products that I became disappointed with, and products that I, now, refuse to put down. The latest box of goodies that I received from Influenster contains beauty products from Rimmel London.
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Rimmel London is a massive cosmetics brand. I’m sure you’ve heard of or used their beauty products before. Rimmel London products are everywhere (Ulta, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon). This Influenster voxbox came just on time because I have needed some good drugstore dupes for some of my favorite name-brand beauty products, so I hope to like the contents of this voxbox.
The first product from the Influenster Rimmel London voxbox is a full-coverage foundation. The Lasting Finish 25-hour foundation is also a lightweight foundation that feels soft and smooth after it dries and promises to make your skin look great. This foundation will stay put from morning to night! I like that this foundation contains sunscreen. It has SPF 20 & is a plus for keeping my skin protected from the harsh winter winds and sun. It retails online for $7- $10 and is in any of your favorite drugstores for purchase.
The second product from the Influenster Rimmel London voxbox is a serum that promotes healthy growth for your brows and lashes. The Rimmel London Wonder’Serum is a revitalizingserum infused with a nutrient-rich complex of vitamins, proteins, and peptides to promote natural lash growth. This serum is perfect for me because I am familiar with serums like this one, and I’ve been interested in something like this for fuller lashes and brows. Last year, I used a similar product and started seeing results within weeks, but I lost it and never replaced it. These types of beauty products will not guarantee instant results! With continued & overtime use, users can expect to see fuller, longer, stronger brows and lashes. Results come after using for four weeks or 30 days. It retails online for $9 and is in any of your favorite drugstores for purchase.
I tried both products from the Influenster Rimmel London voxbox and have strong feelings about each one. I wasn’t too fond of the Lasting Finish foundation. I liked that it was very smooth and soft on my skin; I forgot that I had makeup on throughout the day. I don’t like that it promotes itself as a full-coverage foundation because it does not give full coverage. However, the Lasting Finish foundation is buildable. I had to do a little concealing and contouring to get it to cover all of my dark spots and blemishes. I can’t say how I feel about the Rimmel London Wonder’Serum yet. I’ll continue using it before giving my final opinion, but I believe it will help my lashes and brows grow naturally.
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Your name is your superpower. What you call yourself (personally or professionally) is your unique identifier. Your name, aka your identity, is supposed to set you apart from people/ businesses with similar names. Entrepreneurs may have already realized that it takes hard work to establish their brand and create an identity different from their competitors. How will you stand out without blending? How will you organically grow your business? As a business owner/ entrepreneur, you must establish your business owner rights and ensure that your name is one of a kind.
Scroll on to learn why youSHOULD trademark your online business, how to get started with the trademarking process, and for resources to help you get started with trademarking your business or brand today.
So, what is a trademark?
A trademark is a symbol or word(s) legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. Registering a trademark helps protect a name or brand from intellectual property theft or misuse as a business grows (Forbes). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website is where entrepreneurs can go to begin the trademark application process, search the trademark database, and check the status of a trademark. Filling out the trademark application is an easy beginner first step to trademarking your business.
How does a trademark help my business?
It gives you a legal avenue to protect your business or brand from copycats replicating your identity. Trademarking your business name, product, or symbol can protect you and your customers from scammers looking to make a profit off of your name or products. A trademark establishes your exclusive business owner rights to use your brand’s name, symbol, or word(s) and helps you run a successful company. You will also be able to use the ® symbol next to a successfully registered trademarked name. Completing your trademark registration will make it much easier to file for trademark registration in other countries.
I have an LLC, sole proprietorship, DBA business. My brand is already protected.
That’s great that you formed your business. However, you should still decide to trademark your business or brand. A trademark is different in the sense that:
Forming an LLC (limited liability company) only protects you from individuals using your business name/symbol in your state. It does not protect you nationally or internationally.
DBA or doing business as; only protects you from individuals using your business name/symbol in your state. It does not protect you nationally or internationally.
A copyright will protect original artistic and literary works. Copyrights apply to logos but usually do not apply to names.
How to Trademark Your Business
If you have decided that your business needs a trademark, here’s how you can get started today.
Remember, filling out the application is the first step. If you do not have the necessary information and documents for your application process, an attorney or lawyer can help you with this step. You should figure out what trademark class you want your business’ name or symbol recognized in before submitting your application. There are 45 trademark classes, and each trademark class covers a wide range of goods or services.
Example: If a beauty company with the name “Enchanted” wanted to register this name in the cosmetics trademark class, it could. However, if this company also produced jewelry, it might require an added listing in the jewelry trademark class.
If you are a business owner/ entrepreneur wanting to trademark the same name, symbol, or word for multiple classes, it might be a little costly. It costs a low as $250 to file a trademark application. To file for a trademarked name for multiple classes, that’s $250 for each trademark class.
Sometimes it is best to talk about things like this with your lawyer or attorney. If you are unsure about how to fill out your trademark application or if you should trademark your online business, schedule a time to consult with your attorney or lawyer. If you do not have an attorney or lawyer, I have an available online resource for you.
Attorney Kiara Taite is a licensed Mississippi trademark attorney dedicated to protecting your legacy. She provides her trademark services to business owners and entrepreneurs anywhere in the country!
Attorney Taite is an attorney eqipped to help you understand why trademarking your online business is key to protecting your brand, filing the trademark application, explaining trademark classes/ fees in greater detail, and getting your business trademarked.
If you are looking for quality legal service in the U.S., then look no further. The Law Office of Kiara Taite’s mission is to ensure that our clients are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and quality legal representation required to create, protect, and preserve the legacies they intend to leave behind for their children, loved ones, community, or the culture. Visit the Law Office of Kiara Taite website to learn more about her services, fees, and to schedule a time to consult with her about trademarking your online business today!
Winter is coming. Winter is coming! Shorter days and cold, dark nights are upon us. It may be dismal outside, but winter is a refreshing time for nail trends. Fall nails have appeal, but just like seasons change, so do current trends. ‘Tis the season for sparkle, shimmer, glitter, and snow! The winter nails are here to sleigh, spread joy, and be the gift that keeps on giving.
Scroll on to see 20+ winter nail designs that will take you through the holidays and straight into 2022.
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If you are looking for nail inspiration, the nail designs and colors are all about big fun with minimal work this season. Red and green are not the only colors for the holidays! There’s a lot of metallics, icy blues, and wintry hues for inspiration. These designs are so fire that your manicures will melt the snow this winter.
All of the nail art and design inspiration is on Pinterest. Click featured images to get tutorials, nail polish names, etc.
This is perfect for all the minimalistic ladies out there who like a clean manicure but don’t like crazy designs. Not to mention, this nude nail design will go a long way with many outfits so you don’t need to constantly worry about getting a different color manicure throughout the cold season. Via Selfcarebysum
A nail design that can be recreated with minimal work needed to accomplish it! This cute, simple design will cost you a little shimmer and glitter, white polish, and a clear coat.
If you’re feeling whimsical this season, these unicorn coffin nails could be your next nail design. Gorgeous ombre nail design with glitter and unicorns!
If you didn’t get to try this trend out during the fall, you still have a chance! Sweater nails are still trendy for the winter. To recreate this look you’ll need a nude color (or whatever color of your choice) and white polish for the nail art (snowflake, ornament, etc).
These red French tip nails include a silver glitter detail that makes them look even more festive! Via beautifuldawndesigns
I never believed that this would be the life for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the stay-at-home life would be something that I could afford to do or that it would be something that I could get comfortable doing. The pandemic forced me to see that it was possible. I literally lost my job and became a stay-at-home mother overnight! Before this, I used to spend most of my time at work. Away from my family. Since 16, I have worked countless jobs for financial stability and security. While all the while, I was missing out on quality bonding time and precious milestones. Then four years into my son’s life, I suddenly became more accessible and available.
And so, for two years now, I have been dedicated to a schedule that allows me to work from home, start and build my business, complete household chores, and devote time to my husband and son.
The ultimate goal for me was to have time to do it all.
Having no extra help made me realize that I needed to follow a schedule that could keep me organized and focused on my priorities: starting a business and being there when my family needed me the most. A flexible schedule would become my secret weapon, and it continues to be a routine that brings contentedness and peace. My daily schedule works well for me, and I want to share it to help other stay-at-home moms figure out a rhythm to juggling everything at home.
5:15 am I set my alarm to wake up 45 minutes before Landon gets up. Starting my day earlier allows me to get mentally and physically prepared for my day. I like to use this time for prayer and quick stretching exercises. Then, I will start ironing school uniforms and making Landon’s lunch to take to school. I will use any remaining time to let our family pet, Pablo, outside to use the potty and put food in his bowl.
Early mornings set the tone that I am ready to tackle anything. It also allows me to finish all my tasks at a reasonable ending time. I don’t even sleep in late! I can’t sleep past 7 am without feeling unproductive. I like to maximize my time in the mornings by choosing not to waste a single minute.
6:00 am I wake Landon up and make him breakfast. I’ve got to brag that I do my best gentle parenting in this hour. I want to make sure I am helping my son start his day with some positivity. There’s lots of hugging, smiles, and I love you‘s exchanged during this time. Honestly, 6 am is one of my proudest hours of the day.
6:50 am It’s time to drop Landon off at school for the day. Morning drop-offs are usually 10-15 minutes long. While we are in line, waiting to make our way to the front, Landon and I will practice repeating daily affirmations. I like to encourage Landon to have a great day, believe in himself, give his best effort, and commit to learning new skills. This type of encouragement is the final preparation before he walks through those school doors to begin his day as a Kindergarten student.
7:15 am After drop-off, it’s time to get started with work. Before I shift into work mode, I take 20 minutes to eat a light breakfast, let Pablo outside again, and do those things that I might have skipped earlier (prayer, stretching, meditation).
8:00 am Now is the time to dedicate to my brand, my business, and evolving as an entrepreneur. From 8 am to 1 pm., I give my all to writing new blog posts, creating YouTube videos, Reels, or TikToks that could help increase awareness about my business, scheduling or creating content, reviewing products, editing, etc.
I maximize my time during these hours because I can complete the bulk of my tasks without any distractions. No one is here to disrupt me or feel like I am not giving them any attention. I am prioritizing my business and my clients. I will schedule all of my consultations, client calls for social media management, and brand strategy between these hours.
1:00 pm At this point in my day, I realize that I’m either hungry (if I’ve skipped breakfast) or feeling like I need to take a break. I usually will make myself some lunch and watch something on tv, catch up on social media, or I’ll take a nap. Just because I can’t sleep in late doesn’t mean that I don’t know how to go lay down somewhere in the middle of the day.
1:55 pm After a much-needed recharge, it’s now time to get Landon from school. School dismisses for each day at 2:55. However, parents of car riders line up an hour early to prepare for dismissal.
Sometimes your schedule will have events that throw curveballs in your plans.
Expect this. It’s okay.
For example, waiting to get my child home from school takes an hour out of my day, but I choose to look at this differently. Instead of viewing this as me losing out on time, I will use this time to finish up something that I was working on or do something that I haven’t had the chance to do yet.
Examples of Time Fillers for “Lost Hours”
creating captions for Instagram posts/ reels
researching blog topics and ideas
researching youtube video topics and ideas
pay a bill online
watch an episode of a tv series
3:00 pm I’m back at home and back to full-time mama status. This hour belongs to Landon. He usually has so much to tell me about what happened at school! We also have snacks, do homework, and go outside to play before it gets too late.
4:00 pm It’s almost time to end my work for the day. I wrap up anything that I didn’t finish that morning. Every day is different. On some days, I can say that I finished my workload by 5 pm, and on other days I can’t. Wrapping up the day helps me understand what I’ve already accomplished for the day, what’s left to do, and where to pick up the next day.
4:30 pm- 5:00 pm It’s time to start making (or buying) dinner. I’ve never been into meal prep, but perhaps it’s time that I start; because I never know what’s for dinner! Most of my dinner ideas come to me throughout the day. At 5 pm, I am cooking dinner or asking my husband to grab something on his way home.
7:00 pm After everyone has made it home and had dinner, I get a little bit of free time. It is the ultimate hour for relaxation and chill time. I dedicate this hour to doing whatever I want to do.
conversations with my husband about his day
bonding time with my husband, Landon, and Pablo
taking a nice hot shower
browsing social media
listening to music
preparing for the next day (pulling out school uniforms, making lunches, cleaning up)
8:00 pm This is Landon’s wind-down hour. His dad bathes him, and after bath time, we read a 15- minute bedtime story. I appreciate this time to be able to take a break and regroup.
9:00 pm It’s Landon’s bedtime and his parents’ bonding time. Both mom and dad are exhausted by now, but we still make time for each other. We have to because we hardly have any time earlier in the day to make it work.
10:00 pm If I want to get up for my 5:15 am alarm, I need to be in bed no later than 10 pm.
More Tips for Success
Don’t get wrapped up in exact times! These are the hours that work best for my life at home, and I provided them for structure.
Find your rhythm and rhyme for your reason. You’re crafting the ideal schedule for your life and goals.
You can still be productive throughout the day even if you don’t stick to a strict routine.
Plan around family bonding time. Choose the repeat times throughout the day for consistent, fun times with your loved ones.
Most importantly, don’t stress on days where following your schedule does not work out.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is officially Christmas time in the city (we only acknowledge Christmas after Thanksgiving over here). I know that many of you have started prepping for Christmas by decorating and shopping. I don’t fault you for getting a headstart on spreading the holiday cheer! Even though we all choose different times of the year to start celebrating Christmas, there is one certain thing:
There’s something magical in Christmas music!
What could it be? It could be the traditions we create, the nostalgia, and the feelings that come over us whenever we hear our favorite Christmas songs. Hearing the right Christmas song is guaranteed to put anyone (Santa or the Grinch) in a merry mood. So, even if you’ve already started decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping presents, or needing to change your bah-hum-bug attitude, I’ve created a list of the best Christmas songs of all time.
This list has many traditional and modern songs that you can add to your playlist this year. The songs range from many different genres of music– from gospel, rhythm and blues, pop. You can definitely expect to find some of your favorites on this list! There is something on here for everyone! Whether you prefer originals or your favorite renditions, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. As you are putting together your Christmas playlist this year, use this list of the best Christmas songs to help you create the ultimate holiday vibes.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
No Christmas playlist is complete without the best-selling modern day Christmas song of all time.
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jackson 5
It’s always wonderful to hear young Michael sing. This rendition by the Jackson 5 will for sure have everyone singing and dancing together.
“You’re a Mean One,” Tyler the Creator
The Thurl Ravenscroft version is a phenomenal classic, however this modern version from the 2018 remake of The Grinch from Tyler, the Creator is just as great.
“This Christmas,” Chris Brown
There are so many great versions of “This Christmas”. I’ve got to admit that this Chris Brown remake knows how to get in the holiday spirit! Add this version or your favorite rendition to your playlist and you’ll catch yourself singing along in no time.
“Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt
This classic holiday tune is my favorite Eartha Kitt song of all time. If you are needing some ideas for what to include on your Christmas list, play this song for some inspiration 😉
“Let It Snow,” Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight
I’m not making any promises that it’ll snow where you are, but just in case, I’ve got something that will make snow happen right in your living room. Listen to the smooth voices of Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to make your winter season warmer!
“8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child
A fun spin on the 12 Days of Christmas and guaranteed to make you do a little holiday dance!
“Silent Night,” The Temptations
“In my mind” your playlist will never be the same. The Temptations truly sang us into a blissful, peaceful night.
“My Favorite Things,” The Supremes
Although I love the original from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music”, I prefer listening to this rendition by The Supremes.
“Player’s Ball,” Outkast
The 1994 Outkast album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was heralded by this song as their lead single which was just in time for the holidays. The song imagines a “player’s ball” for pimps and hustlers on Christmas Day.
“Sleigh Ride,” TLC
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with this fun, holiday classic. You’ll spreading lots of good cheer with this holiday dance tune.
“What Do the Lonely Do?,” The Emotions
Christmas time can bring lots of feelings and emotions for everyone. You’re not alone! Whether you’ll be celebrating with family in-person or virtually this year, this song will be sure to help you get through your holiday emotions.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” The Temptations
The famous reindeer of all has countless Christmas songs about him, but I’ve got to say that this one is my favorite! This rendition by The Temptations will for sure make you join in on all the reindeer games.
“Silver and Gold,” Kirk Franklin
Whenever I want to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I always play this beautiful gospel song from Kirk Franklin and the Family. “I’d rather have Jesus, than silver and gold.”
“Do You Hear What I Hear?,” Whitney Houston
Enjoy a holiday tune from the greatest voice of all time! Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear” is a beautiful classic spin on previous renditions of the song.
“Silver Bells,” Johnny Mathis
The unofficial announcement song of the Christmas holiday season.
“Merry Christmas Baby,” Otis Redding
An American Christmas standard song that has been covered dozens of times. This rendition recorded by Otis Redding in 1968 is sure to be playlist favorite.
“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” Nat King Cole
One of the most famous Christmas songs of all time also known as “The Christmas Song”.
“Christmas in Hollis,” Run DMC
“Christmas in Hollis” is the ultimate holiday song. Wrapped in samples of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Joy to the World,” and one of the best Christmas gifts ever presented in song.
“O Holy Night,” Mariah Carey
A truly iconic performance of “O Holy Night” from the Queen of Christmas.
“Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas,” The O’ Jays
Holidays are most meaningful when they are spent with the ones you love. If you are planning to spend Christmas with family and friends, this song will be a great addition to the playlist.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Luther Vandross
A soulful rendition of this classic Christmas song by Luther Vandross.
“O Come All Ye Faithful,” Juanita Bynum
A rendition of the classic holiday song by gospel singer Juanita Bynum.
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” Brian McKnight
Another song for your holiday travels and family gatherings.
“Jingle Bells,” Ella Fitzgerald
Known as “one of the smoothest voices ever”, Ella Fitzgerald brings a swinging, unique sound to this Christmas classic.
I love it whenever I make a new hairstyle discovery! When I decided to go natural a few years ago, I never thought I would struggle to find protective hairstyles. It has been hard for me to find protective styles that I like! Why is it so hard to find a hairstyle to protect and support my hair’s health and growth? Why is it so hard to find protective styles that will keep edges safe from thinning out? It should not be this way!
Who doesn’t love easy hairstyles?
Wigs and braids have made styling my hair less of a struggle. Wigs are a preferred protective style because they are generally quite simple to wear and don’t require much maintenance. After reading reviews online about different wigs, I decided to try a new style that I’d never heard of before: headband wigs. Headband wigs work to protect natural hair andedges. This wig is the answer to all of my haircare prayers! The quality of my hair life increased 100 points after wearing this wig for the first time.
This wig has been the most manageable and convenient wig I have ever worn. The headband makes it easy to slip on over your natural hair without much maintenance. The biggest flex here is that no glue is necessary for this wig! It’s my favorite benefit of the wig because I know that my edges and natural hair will be 100% protected. Sometimes I like to take a break from wearing wigs that require a glue application. This headband wig continues to check off all boxes for convenience, ease, and support!
I got my 22″ Kinky Straight textured headband wig from LuvMe Hair. LuvMe Hair is an affordable luxury wig company with quality hair. My wig came in a beautifully packaged box that contained:
Additional headbands and hair accessories
Iridescent cosmetic bag
Wig Care Instructions
The wig came with everything that I needed to style it. I put this wig on and styled it in less than 15 minutes! Let me show you how I did it.
Keep scrolling to reveal the long headband wig and easy hairstyles you can recreate using headbands.
First, I brushed my hair down using curl-enhancing mousse and styling gel for it to stay nice and slick. Next, I used bobby pins to secure the hair in position before placing the wig cap on top. Then, I pulled the detachable straps to the headband apart to put on the 22″ kinky straight textured wig. To get it perfectly adjusted on my crown, I secured the wig using two techniques: the wig clips and reattaching the headband in the back. That’s it! Again, you can do this in under 15 minutes.
Then, I started to play with other ways to style the wig. I just wanted to play around with it to see what I could come up with and what kind of fun looks to create with it. I love that you can switch it up at any time with this headband wig. I can put it all to one side, up into a ponytail, half ponytail, wear it in a bun, or switch out the headbands with the extra ones that I got from LuvMe Hair. You can watch the video for my hair tutorial for the 22″ Kinky Straight Headband Wig on YouTube for more guidance on how to rock this wig and how you can style it.
I honestly love everything about wearing headband wigs as a protective style. It’s perfect for someone like me who loves convenient, cute, and simple hairstyles. I can still look cute while protecting my natural hair and my edges. It is so versatile and gives plenty of inspiration for switching up my hairstyles whenever I want. I’ve finally found the ideal protective style for me.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I believe that the headband wig could help any naturalista looking for protective hairstyle solutions and inspiration. It is not too good to be true, ladies! You can achieve this simple look too!
I even have a referral code for you to take something off of your purchase once you’ve found the wig for you. Just use offer code KRIS at checkout to get 23% off of your LuvMe Hair wig purchase.
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Comment some of your favorite, time-saver protective hairstyles below.
Typically I try to steer clear of giving out unsolicited parenting advice. I rarely share my parenting experience or detail what my parenting journey has been like for me. When my son was born, I made a promise that I would not be one of these moms out here who shares everything. I am someone who enjoys privacy and likes to protect the people that mean the most to me. I believe in keeping some memories sacred and only allowing the people who experienced them to know what those memories are. However, one thing that I do believe in when it pertains to parenting is creating special bonds with your children.
A parents’ job is to love, provide, protect, listen, understand, and teach their kids. There’s no official parenting handbook that teaches or prepares you for the “perfect” way to do any of these things. Parents will always want the best for their children. When I found out I was going to be a mother, I vowed that I would do everything to help my son grow, develop, and reach every milestone. I couldn’t be more proud of the little person he has become! As his sixth birthday approaches, I am hopeful that he will continue growing and owning his individuality.
I’ve got six wishes for him that every loving parent would make for their child.
Always Count On Me, Don’t Ever Count Me Out
I wish that my son always reaches out to me. I want him to know that I am forever accessible and only one call away. There isn’t a distance that I wouldn’t travel to get to him. One thing about it is mamas make great friends and confidants. I want my son to never feel like he can’t talk to me about something (good or bad). I don’t want him to rule out using the “mama lifeline” in a time of need.
The Gratitude Attitude
Sometimes people take their blessings for granted. I never want my child to miss out on his blessing for not possessing a spirit of gratitude. Gratitude is a catalyst for change in life. My wish is that he thanks God every day for his life and his blessings. I hope that he appreciates and cherishes everything in his life and that he has no room to complain about anything. I want him to practice understanding what it means to be selfless versus selfish.
Be Proud Of You Who Are
I want my child to know that it’s okay to be inspired by others and still be himself. Embracing individuality will help him understand that no one is the same, and everyone is unique. I encourage self-love and self-care. I need him to be proud of who he is and never be afraid to tell anyone. I would like for him to affirm the type of person he wants to become. Be bold and unapologetic at all times!
Chase Dreams & Passions
As a person who is in the pursuit of making their dreams come true, I can only hope that my son becomes inspired to do the same. No, I do not wish for him to have my dream. My wish is that he finds the courage to pursue his own dreams. I ask that he discovers his passion for something and choose to go after it. Please never allow anyone to convince him that his vision isn’t capable of fulfillment; or that he isn’t deserving of success and happiness. Fairytales can come true, and children should believe in happily ever after. They should always follow their hearts and do what makes them happy.
Moms are not perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes. I know that whenever I make a mistake, I hope for understanding and a chance to correct my wrongdoing. I never want my child to make a mistake and feel they aren’t allowed to make them. Mistakes happen; it’ll be okay. Disappointment in mistakes made should never lead to grudges. I want my son to learn how to let things/emotions go and how to accept them. I want him to never fear the words I’m sorry.
We’re all trying!
We are all doing the best that we can.
We are humans who deserve compassion.
Be a Good Person
Kids are naturally kind and sweet. They have to learn how to share, be polite, and engage socially. My son started Kindergarten this year; and has had to adjust how to learn and play in a classroom setting. This type of school environment is key because he needs to experience what it’s like to learn and play with other kids at school, listen to teachers and follow the rules. My wish is that he continues to challenge himself to be patient and kind to others. I want him to learn good versus bad behavior and the consequences for each of them. I want him to never be timid in meeting new friends and expressing his feelings. May he never be a bully, may he never be bullied by someone! Allow people to see the goodness of his nature.
If you are a parent or soon-to-be parent, what wishes would you have for your children?
The holidays have arrived, y’all. The 2021 holiday season would like to enter the chat and remind you that it is time to start prepping for some holiday festivities. With Thanksgiving being just three weeks away, I have to ask. Have you finalized your holiday plans for the year? Will you be traveling? Who will be cooking for the holidays? What does your holiday dinner menu look like?
If you aren’t able to answer those questions yet, it’s okay. Don’t panic. You still have a couple of weeks to make and finalize your plans! It doesn’t matter if you are the one doing the cooking, bringing a dish to the work potluck, or family gathering; I have an idea for a recipe that you’ll want to try this year. This Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe will bring something different to any menu and is the perfect addition to your holiday spread.
That’s right. If you’re a chocolate lover, you will love this recipe! It’s an alternative to some of your favorite holiday desserts (red velvet or German chocolate). I found this recipe online via the Magnolia Charm Baking Company, and I’ve been thinking about adding it to my Thanksgiving menu. Every year I search for recipes and dinner suggestions to get ideas for my menu theme; this year was no different. Y’all, I believe this will be a sweet conversation piece around the table this year!
Hold on. Before I reveal the recipe…
You should know more about the creators of this recipe!
Magnolia Charm Baking Company is a family-owned cake and dessert boutique. Magnolia Charm’s cakes and desserts are made to order with only the best ingredients and personalized for any special event or occasion. Magnolia Charm’s mission is to create memorable sweets that exceed customer expectations through innovative, high-quality ingredients, event personalization, impeccable service, and flawless presentation.
Click here to reveal MCBC’s Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe. Be sure to download and save it so that you can make this dessert whenever you’d like!
The Magnolia Charm Baking Company is located in the Greater Baltimore area and accepts local custom cake and dessert orders. You can visit the Magnolia Charm website to get more sweet recipes, view their portfolio, and shop their online store. Follow Magnolia Charm on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms for updates and recipes!
I’ve got to know if you will be giving this Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe a try this holiday season? What are some of your must-have desserts?
It’s time to raise our glasses and cheer because it’s a celebration! I am very excited about this accomplishment that I’m getting ready to announce, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with you, my friends, so that we can celebrate together. Lifestylewithkris.com has reached 50 published blog posts! I have officially shared 50 lifestyle blog posts with you, and I could not be any happier and prouder of this achievement. For two years, I have shared content on my blog with intentions to help and entertain women and provide valuable advice, tips, information, and solutions.
I must say thank you to you, the readers, for reading and your support! I am grateful for every single comment, read, share, and view. In honor of you, my friends, let’s take a look back at some of your favorite posts on the blog so far.
CONGRATS ON REACHING 50!
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Building Backdrops for High-Quality Content
This post is an easy how-to guide into building a backdrop to enhance digital images and videos. Backdrops are a cute and fun way to bring aesthetic value to your digital content.
An easy how-to guide to building your own backdrop for enhancing your digital images.
Influenster Product Reviews
If you enjoy product reviews, you’ll love Influenster. Influenster is a product discovery app that allows consumers and influencers to review and discover new products. This app also sends free products to consumers and influencers to review and post on social media. This post serves as a product review of my first ever Influenster voxbox, the reviewer platform, and how it works.
Influenster is a product discovery platform for consumers and influencers. There are hundreds of thousands of brands looking for honest feedback in exchange for free products! Influencers are surveyed and matched to campaigns or a voxbox to test, review, and share with their audience on social media. HOW TO GET A FREE VOXBOX Influenster is a productContinue reading “INFLUENSTER VOXBOX: Unboxing + How You Can Get Free Products”
Self-Care and Stress Management Strategies
If you are looking for suggestions on ways to unwind, manage, and let go of everyday stresses, give this post a read. Learn how to identify signs of burnout, when you should be taking care of yourself, and ways to self-care and feel better in stressful situations.
Whenever I neglect to practice personal care, it has an effect on my anxiety and general mood. We all know that stress is not the easiest to manage and can often be easier said than done. How many of us have started one thing that we’ve gotten motivated to do for ourselves, but have notContinue reading “No Stress Just Self- Care Everyday”
Reach New People and Make an Income on Instagram
In the world of social media, Instagram is one of the most popular platforms out there. Users post pictures and videos daily for personal enjoyment, exposure, and business opportunities. For entrepreneurs, it’s important to reach their target audience, client, or customer for your business. If you are not already using this platform, I recommend making a business or creator account to help you grow your business. There are over 1 billion monthly active users defining their audience.
In the world of social media, Instagram is one of the most popular platforms out there. Users post pictures and videos daily for personal enjoyment, exposure, and business opportunities. For entrepreneurs, it’s important to reach your target audience, client, and/or customer for your business. If you are not already using this platform, I would recommendContinue reading “How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Audience”
Life-saving Habits and Practices
The road to self-improvement can be a long journey that requires regular maintenance. Learn how to stop and redirect negative energy, healthily express thoughts and emotions, and how to give yourself grace.
One thing that I know for sure is that I can never give up on improving the way that I want to live my life.
Manifest and Attract the Life You Want
Every day people are using affirmations to attract confidence, abundance, love, success, and happiness. Affirmations are short and powerful statements that people can use to promote positive thinking. They allow us to be in control of our thoughts and shape our realities. Individuals can repeat affirmation statements until they become new beliefs. This blog post will provide insight into what affirmations are, what the laws of attraction mean, and how to incorporate these things together when motivating ourselves through self-care practices.
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Create an Income With Affiliate Marketing
Companies are looking to work with content creators daily to reach consumers through sponsored advertising. Many Bloggers and Influencers use sponsored posts to generate more traffic and get link clicks to their website or social media. Sponsored posts are just one of many ways you can create additional income online and monetize your blog. If you aren’t using sponsored posts as a way to reach bigger audiences, drive website traffic, and increase your engagement on your website or social media, you are missing out!
If you aren’t using sponsored posts as a way to reach bigger audiences, drive website traffic, and increase your engagement on your website or social media, you are missing out! Sponsored posts are advertisements created by a brand or business for a product/service. Companies are looking to work with content creators daily to reach consumersContinue reading “How To Join The Bloggers That Get The Best Sponsored Posts”
Discover At-Home Body Waxing Techniques
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Discovering Friendships & Sister Circles
A featured post from guest writer Bucklewithjo about maintaining friendships and sisterhoods. Read about her experience in sister circles and how she made genuine connections, identifying red flags in friendship behavior, and staying clear of the drama.
Fall is such a fun, festive season for indoor and outdoor activities. Many people look forward to county and state fairs, festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween with their loved ones. There’s so much that you can celebrate and enjoy in the Fall: Thanksgiving, harvest season, buffalo plaid, cool weather, etc. If you’re planning to celebrate and enjoy some fun and festive activities this year, I’m sure you’ll be looking to post about your fun on social media. You may need a hashtag that sums up just how you’re feeling (or what you’re doing) this season, and I’ve got you covered.
If you are searching for hashtag inspiration then look no further. I’ve got 125 Fall Hashtags that are perfect for your Instagram captions.
I’ve broken down the list of Fall hashtags for Instagram into different activities and events. This breakdown will make it easier to find relevant hashtags quickly! I am recommending these hashtags for nano and micro Instagram accounts. Accounts with a small following (1000) to large (10,000 +) can use these hashtags to reach more people. All hashtags in this list have a range of 10,000 – 300,000 people who use them every day on Instagram.
Hi friends! I have been keeping a HUGE secret from you all for a few weeks now, and I am very excited that I can finally let the cat out of the bag. I can not tell you how stoked I am to be sharing this post! The Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette from Pat McGrath Labs has arrived! YES, friends! I got the chance to be one of the first to try this palette before it hit the shelves (the palette from the Celestial Odyssey collection launched 9/24). I received this product complimentary from Influenster, in exchange for my honest opinion. This blog post is my official review of the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey holiday palette. In this review, I will be getting into all the shades, swatches, and sharing a look I put together while using the palette.
I have to say thank you, Influenster, for sending me this incredible gift!
The products that I get to review each month are sent to me from Influenster. I was selected for the Pat McGrath Labs campaign and asked to share my honest thoughts. Product reviewers and influencers on Influenster get sent surveys to qualify for campaigns. I never know what is going to show up in my mailbox or doorstep. I could not contain the excitement I felt when I found out that I was receiving this palette. Before I get into the details of the Celestial Odyssey palette, I want to share another secret.
Get ready for this! You might need to sit down for this one.
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I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about Pat McGrath Labs, and I have always been interested in purchasing products from this brand. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Celestial Odyssey palette is my first Pat McGrath product ever. It’s surreal that I get to use this palette as my introduction to the brand. The Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette is from the brand’s 2021 holiday collection released on 9/24. This palette value retails at $78 online and was the first product from the collection to become available for purchase. The Celestial Odyssey palette has 18 beautiful shades. The Celestial Odyssey palettefrom Pat McGrath Labs beams beyond the spectrum in an array of supernova gemstone-inspired shades presented in a cyber bronze starscape balanced with warm and cool tones. Each eyeshadow color consists of creamy textures in five different finishes: sateen shimmer, 24k duochrome sparkle, foiled metallic, velvet matte, and iridescent sparkle.
You can watch my YouTube video for a deeper look into each shade in the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette when it premieres, this Sunday, October 17th at 12pm central standard time. In this video, I will be discussing my thoughts on the palette and sharing how I achieved my first Celestial Odyssey look. I have so many ideas for these eyeshadow shades! You can count on me creating more holiday looks with this palette during the fall and winter seasons.
My Review Look
After swatching and playing around with these beautifully stunning hues, I couldn’t wait to try on a few of them. I decided to pick four colors that I loved from the “swatch reveal” and get creative with them. My application process was very random and spontaneous! I just wanted to throw something that I thought might look good together. If you want to recreate this look at home, I will share the colors I used below to achieve the look I created in my YouTube video:
Now for my final thoughts…
The verdict is that this palette is EVERYTHING, and it is absolutely worth trying! I did not know that Pat McGrath Labs was coming like this. This palette is AMAZING. I was not disappointed. Since this product was my introduction to this brand, I will say that I don’t think it was too hard for me to be pleased. I have always expressed an interest in purchasing products, and I’ve heard nothing but great things online and from friends. I think this review will be the first of many about Pat McGrath Labs. I will be trying out some other beauty products, and I know I will continue creating more looks using the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette.
What do you think about the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette?
Will you be purchasing this palette after reading this review?
Can you tell that I am beyond excited that fall has arrived? The best thing about the season changing is not the weather or daylight savings! It’s honestly the new vibes and colorful foliage that are the #1 reason I look forward to autumn every year. I enjoy being comfortable and cozy (that’s a no-brainer). It’s the fall color scheme that truly gets me going! I like to incorporate fall foliage and earth tone colors in my outfits, makeup, and nails all the time now. Pinterest has become my go-to for all my seasonal moods, aesthetics, and inspiration for fun and festive ideas for beauty and outfit choices. My recent Pinterest finds have all been nail inspo for the fall season. There are some new colors, shapes, and designs that are trending to be popular this season. LET’S GET INTO THEM! This blog post is all about Pinterest finds, nails, and what kind of nails are IN this season.
Don’t ask for my mood, just check my nails. They say it all.
Now, as far as colors go, there’s PLENTY for the girls to choose from; and because of this, you may have difficulty picking one you will enjoy. Shades of brown, orange, red, purple, gray, and blue will continue to reign supreme for fall colors. I must say that I am in love and invested in the brown color scheme. I love me some chocolate! Caramel and coffee are popular universal colors to have in your palette. My searches on Pinterest have also indicated never rule out shades of white. Why? It’s because cream, ivory, or coconut colors are great for creating nude and natural nail aesthetics. My advice is to choose colors that will accentuate your personality and capture your vibe.
Choosing my nail color and design will be easy- Said no one ever
Choosing a nail color is not the only decision you’ll have to make during this process. Patterns and designs are both ways that you can create signature nails to match your personality or vibe. Haven’t you ever heard of “it’s all in the details”? If you’re looking to spice it up this season, there are certainly some different trends for you to check out. Ombre or duo tone nails (features two colors that are smoothly graduating into each other) are not new but are trendy right now. I can’t think of a better design to showcase fall foliage. Plaid nail art is ideal for outfit matching, especially with anything flannel. It’s important to remember to pick patterns and designs that your nail technician will be able to replicate. Nail technicians will be creative with abstract, marble, and leopard print designs. If you do not have a regular nail technician, please make sure that your tech can replicate the design you’ve chosen. I use Pinterest as my tool to create mood boards to show my nail tech where my nail inspiration came from. Look at the board that I’ve started for fall! It has all sorts of ideas for the season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
Nails are the #1 thing you can get into shape without exercising
Nail color, design, and art are NOTHING without shape and length. Yes, girl! Your nail’s shape and length are important, too. It’s the first step in nailing the right aesthetic. How long will your nails be? How short would you like them to be? Do you like your nails square or oval? All shapes and lengths can be customized to any preference if you have communicated this with your nail technician.
I want you to nail it this season! Get fall inspired nails from Pinterest searches if you are in need of some nail art ideas. Pinterest has you covered on the entire look! Piece your new nail art together by choosing from colors, patterns, designs, and shapes that you find on pins and boards. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just a jump, hop, and a skip away! Set off your new season with some fun, festive nails.
What is your favorite go- to color or design that you love to wear during fall?
What are some colors or designs that you hope to try this year?
The time has come for seasonal change! The cooler weather is starting to roll in, and we’re all officially entering the 2021 Fall Season. If you are not ready for the cool, crisp day breezes and shorter days headed our way, now is the perfect time to start stocking up on your essentials. Fall fashion is all about keeping yourself comfortable, cozy, and warm, all while expressing your style. With the right staple fashion pieces, you can achieve a spicy style that is unique and one that you can own all season long! Mila Rose Boutique is here to help you get your closet right with the perfect fall essentials to style any outfit you desire. This blog post will help you get your “lewks” together for the fall, discover some essential closet items you might not have, and identify current fall fashion trends you’ll want to add to your closet.
Mila Rose Boutique (located in Chicago, Illinois) is an online fashion boutique focused on bringing high-quality fashionable clothing and accessories to women of all shapes and sizes. The owner, Maria Silva-Young discovered her passion for fashion from her grandmother, Mila, and her love for colorful outfits she once wore as a little girl.
I moved to Chicago when I was nine and immediately took in the fashion and trends of the 90s. My boutique, Mila Rose Boutique, is a product of my desire to share a piece of myself with the world and to inspire women to embrace their individuality.
MARIA SILVA- YOUNG
The Mila Rose Boutique is particularly unique in selling fashion pieces that are everyday closet essentials and in neutral colors. The act of helping women select items that complement an individual’s body shape is something that Maria and the Mila Rose Boutique are passionate about delivering to their customers.
“Our boutique houses pieces that allow women to shop for closet essentials at an affordable price. Fashion is a statement. Fashion is art. The secret to great style is to feel good in what we wear.”
— MARIA SILVA-YOUNG, BOUTIQUE OWNER
Maria’s boutique has a large selection of available fashions online to help you sort through the essentials you’ll need for fall. The most popular clothing items for fall consists of at least twelve categories:
It is wise to select closet essentials that can be versatile and worn for a variety of occasions. Potential customers and shoppers can choose from styles in a variety of neutral colors, refer to a sizing chart to help them pick the right size for comfort, and add additional elements with accessories and jewelry.
“When one visits the Mila Rose website, they can browse through our best-sellers, new products, jewelry, and can filter by size or price. We provide a sizing guide, shipping information, and return policy.“
Step into a fashionable Fall season with the perfect essentials from Mila Rose Boutique today! The online boutique is open and ready to help you give autumn a warm welcome. New customers can use code WELCOME for 20% off of their first order! Mila Rose Boutique also offers free shipping on orders $75 and up. Visit www.themilaroseboutique.com to subscribe for additional promotions, products, and sales. You can also follow the Mila Rose Boutique on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok to stay in the loop and support small black-owned businesses.
IYKYK podcasts have been taking over the entertainment world for a few years now, and that reign is far from over. The podcast world continues to see significant upticks in podcasts created, episodes uploaded, and listeners who are looking to discover new podcasts to add to their audio library. Tyler Carter, a journalist, and media professional is one of two million podcasters to develop a podcast to share informative, entertaining, and enlightening stories through the audio waves. His brilliant SipMyThoughts podcast focuses on the storytelling of the Black community and culture that mainstream media often neglects and omits sharing with the entire world. This blog post will shed light on podcast creator Tyler Carter, what inspired him to create the SipMyThoughtspodcast, the stories he’s committed to sharing, and how interested listeners can be enlightened and discover the SipMyThoughts podcast online.
YouTube is one of the biggest video-based platforms on the entire world wide web. There are more than 37 million YouTube channels out there (2020 latest data)! So many people create YouTube accounts to watch new and trending videos that are uploaded daily by creators and vloggers. YouTube continues to be a popular platform that creators use to grow their brand or business, nurture video content for target audiences, and generate passive income online. YouTube users are subscribing daily to creators who provide relatable and valuable content! I recently developed a YouTube strategy to become more comfortable with creating video-based content and grow my brand. I have always felt that I’ve been ready to join the masses, but I had NO clue what my channel would be. What would I post?!