Monday, December 1, 2014

The 10 things that I love about Atlanta!

The 10 things that I love about Atlanta!
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Small Businesses
Since living in the Atlanta area, I have easily started 3 small businesses.  I sold everything from Educational materials to t-shirts.  The ability to start and obtain a business license in Georgia was very easy.  There were also so many opportunities to market and sell my products.  

Social Media Events and Blogging
Since I am into Social Media, as you can see, I am really happy to be a part of the blogging community in Atlanta.  It is very easy to locate bloggers in the area because there are so many conferences and networking events held here on a regular basis.  A simple search on Google or Twitter search will reveal the vast community and opportunities.

T.V./Celebrities
I personally know over 5 local people that I have seen on T.V. lately as a result of opportunities for individuals to appear on game shows, reality shows, and news programs.  I have actually attended a few live tapings of shows such as Family Feud, and more. I have also met celebrities as a result of attending events in Atlanta.  The celebrities mix and mingle with guests with ease.  Over the years, I have met Malinda Williams, Kim Coles, and Nicci Gilbert to name a few.  

Restaurants
There are so many restaurants in the Atlanta area.  I have yet to try a fraction of them, but am looking forward to trying a lot more.  Some of my favorites include Two Urban Licks, Pure Taqueria, Jim N Nicks, Social Vinings, and The Vortex to name a mere fraction of them.  

Housing
The housing in the Atlanta area is very affordable.  I was able to buy a house at the tender age of 25.  Although I had to look into areas just outside of Atlanta, I was able to find something within a half hour or so from the city center.  The ability to find a brand new house that you can build to suit is one major perk of buying a house in the Atlanta area.  

Shopping
There are several Outlet malls and mega malls in the Atlanta area.  The North Georgia, Tanger, and Woodstock Outlets are a few of the more popular Outlet malls in the Atlanta area.  Lenox, Perimeter, and the Mall of Georgia offer plenty of shopping options.   

Hair Salons
The women in Atlanta believe in beautiful hair.  There are hundreds of hair salons in the area.  There are even salons in malls, Walmart stores, etc.  You can throw a stone and find a hair salon within a short drive or even walking distance.  

Concerts
Atlanta is home of several performance venues.  The Atlanta Symphony Hall, The Fabulous Fox theatre, and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are a few of the most well known.  For individuals that enjoy Indie artists, places like Center Stage Live, The Tabernacle, and the Variety Playhouse have concerts all year long for lovers of underground and Indie music.  For even smaller venues, The Loft and Moods Music host up and coming artists and listening parties on a regular basis.  

Amusement Parks
The Atlanta area has plenty to do for families with children (or the kid in you).  The more popular amusement parks include Six Flags over Georgia and White Water.  There are also smaller attractions that include Lego Land and Stone Mountain Park.

Nature
There are abundant amounts of outdoor activities in the Atlanta area.  I particularly like Amicalola Falls,  apple picking at Mercier Farms, and the hiking trails at Kennesaw Mountain.  The summer time offers a wealth of options for things to do that really are not very expensive.

-In Conclusion 
If you are looking to live in the Atlanta area, or just plan to visit, make sure to take in one of the above attractions.  The reasons above, and more, make Atlanta a nice place to live!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Goes Way Beyond Meat!

This Goes Way Beyond Meat!


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When I attended the TechMunch conference here in Atlanta in September of this year, I had the pleasure of meeting the reps from Beyond Meat.  They had great samples of their food to share which included "Beef" Nachos and  Classic "Chicken" Salad   Beyond Meat gave attendees of the conference free coupons to try their products.  I decided to reach out to my Veggie Lovin' Social Media buddies to try Beyond Meat as well.

Here is what Dalia from Eating Beautiful had to say:


Dalia's Yummy Salad with Beyond Meat's "Chicken" Strips


"I made a grilled chicken salad using the Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips, a honey mustard dressing, and a romaine iceberg mix.  It was delicious.  I thought the beyond meat chicken actually tasted better than chicken. It had a savory kind of creamy texture.  It was very filling.  I'd definitely use it again to turn a salad into a main dish."


For more awesome meal ideas, visit Dalia's website at http://eatingbeautiful.com.


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My music lovin' Vegetarian friend Kenya shared the following photos of the meals that she made with Beyond Meat:

Veggie Chilli & Chicken Philly

Kenya mentioned that she was an avid Boca product customer, but mentioned that after experimenting with various seasonings, the Beyond Meat products made great meat alternatives.  

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I also tried Beyond Meat and made baked potatoes.  I had to compare the Vegetarian product against actual chicken strips by Tyson.  Here is my creation:


Overall, I thought the product was very close to chicken.  The texture was similar and with some doctoring, the flavor was similar as well.  

If you are looking to try a meat substitute, I suggest Beyond meat.  


Monday, November 3, 2014

Warby Parker Eyeglasses

Warby Parker Eyeglasses


I recently visited the Warby Parker Eyewear store in Buckhead (Atlanta).  I was amazed at how nicely the store was laid out.  There were so many trendy frames and the price was right on point!  

Here is a video of my find!




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Who knew Marriage Would Take this Much Work?

Who knew Marriage Would Take this Much Work?


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Marriage is NOT for the faint of heart.  Marriage is a commitment and a partnership that takes WORK!  I have been married for just over 4 years.  I can tell you that there are plenty of ups and downs.  But what is most important is to nurture and continue to work on your relationship.  The Bible has excellent guidance as far as how to treat your mate (1 Peter 3:1, Ephesians 5:22-28) and the role of the husband and the wife. There are also other resources online, in print, video, and workshop form that is very helpful.  I want to let you all know about this FREE marital resource that will help you to get your marriage on the right track today!  Black and Married with Kids is bringing you a 3 Part Video Series called:  Transform Your Marriage!  Make sure to click this link to get access to the free resource-->Transform Your Marriage.

They also have other resources that are valuable to families from various backgrounds!  My husband and I have this awesome workbook:

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There are also DVDs for relationships that have survived marital challenges:

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Hope and love for their mates:

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Topic of Manhood:

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There are so many excellent resources by Black and Married with Kids.  Check out the links above to get your marriage moving in the right direction today!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At a Crossroads Again!

At a Crossroads Again!

Today makes 1 year since I last buzz cut my hair.  For the previous 6 years I have enjoyed the freedom of wearing a low maintenance buzz cut or TWA.  They were such fun and low maintenance styles.    This time last year when I was at the Blogalicious conference here in Atlanta, I marked that time as a time to set out on a different path.  This was a path that I had not ventured on in years.  I decided to grow my hair out.  I decided to join the millions of women on their Natural Hair growth journey.  As I reflect on this past year, I fondly remember the many years that I experimented and tried style after style trying to get a perfect routine.  Here are a few shots of the many styles that I experimented with between 2005 and now:

Coils, Twists, and Puffs

Faux Pieces

Short hair
Now my current dilemma is figuring out if I forge ahead taking the path once traveled and try style after style, spending hour after hour, and visiting salon after salon.  Or will my decision be to venture off to a salon to get a fresh TWA and some color, and having the freedom to truly wash and go?  
I would love a little feedback.  Let me know what you think!  Make sure to stay connected with me on my Instagram to see what my eventual decision will be.  

Should I go with the TWA or continue my grow out?
 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achieve Your Unique Style With Motions

Achieve Your Unique Style With Motions




I have a confession to make. I am a Walgreens and Hair Product FANATIC. I find myself perusing the isles of my local Walgreens (less than a mile away) weekly. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest products for my Natural Hair. I have the pleasure of telling you about the fabulous things that Motions is doing to support our Natural Hair Community.


No matter what type of hair type or texture you may have, Motions products will keep your hair looking as strong and beautiful as you are, enabling you to achieve a unique style that is all your own!


Check out these how-to videos, where hair expert Ursula shows you her top 5 favorite looks to help you discover your own authentic style: Hair Styling Tips by Ursula




I also love how Motions gives great Natural Hair styling tips via their website: Natural Hair Styling Tips


After viewing these awesome how-to videos, I decided to give the Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion a shot.




My Motions Foaming Wrap lotion came with a little sample of lipstick (worn above).




If you're eager to try out these looks for yourself, Walgreens has a special deal on Motions products in September. Kits are 25% off and select Motions products are on sale for only $3.49!







This is a sponsored post for Motions through The bLink Marketing Network and Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

23andme Male Cousin's Results!

23andme Male Cousin's Results!


I had a male cousin tested with 23andme.  Watch the video below to see what we found out!




Make sure to check out my Special Link to Start Your Journey today!  
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Tech Attacks!

When Tech Attacks!
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Okay.  I have this dirty little secret.  I have developed a baaaad habit.  I know that many of you are guilty of it too.  That is why I decided to come out and tell you.  I USE MY IPAD RIGHT BEFORE BED!  Yes!  This past year I have started reading random articles,  pinning on Pinterest, watching Youtube and more right before I fall asleep.  For some reason I was thinking that using my tablet would help me to wind down and I would end up falling asleep faster.  Wrong!  What ended up happening was it caused me to experience sleep problems.  I began tossing and turning in my sleep as well as mumbling in my sleep all night long!  My husband finally came out and told me that he was having a hard time sleeping due to my night time movement and mumbling.  I was actually surprised as I did not realize that I was so active at night.  I will admit that I haven't been feeling as refreshed in the morning as I should have been, but I figured I was just fatigued from work.  

This new "Bad Habit" is very surprising  being that I haven't been a fan of having a television in my bedroom for over 10 years.  I always felt that televisions belonged in dens or family rooms and not in bedrooms.  This thinking was based on the fact that bedroom televisions could increase the temptation of watching t.v until late at night.  I realized that watching t.v. late as well as falling asleep with the t.v on was not a good habit as it would not allow the brain to turn down for deep sleep.  Being  snapped back into reality encouraged me to do  research on the effects of Computers and Tablets on sleeping habits.

Per the article "Really? Using a Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep", I learned how  artificial light from using devices at night may affect brain chemicals that promote sleep.  
The following points especially stood out to me:

"Electronic devices stimulate brain activity...disrupting your ability to drift off to sleep. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 90 percent of Americans regularly use a computer or electronic device of some kind in the hour before bed."   

" Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that exposure to light from computer tablets significantly lowered levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our internal clocks and plays a role in the sleep cycle." 

"... [a] study, published in the journal Applied Ergonomics...found that two hours of exposure to a bright tablet screen at night reduced melatonin levels by about 22 percent."

"researchers say melatonin suppression may not only cause sleep disturbances, but also raise the risk of obesitydiabetes and other disorders."

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I also learned a lot about the effects of Blue Light on eye health.  An article that I read stated that "Blue light is harmful because it's the highest energy wavelength of visible light, able to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye. Although blue light is nothing new, the issue for concern is the amount of blue light exposure that we get each day through technology use. Over time, blue light can impair visual daily performance, disrupt our ability to sleep, and contribute to the development of macular degeneration."

With this information, I decided to set limits on my technology use.  I already performed a few sleep trials to help pinpoint the cause of my night time activity.  I turned off all of my devices 3 hours before bed.  Believe it or not, I was able to sleep soundly, I did not toss and turn as much, and my husband reported that I did not mumble at all!  Problem solved! 

I am so greatful to have this re-epiphany (lol).  I am looking forward to dialing back my technology use and buying back some good sleep.

I suggest you try it as well and make note of how refreshed you start to feel each day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Feel Pretty!!!!

I Feel Pretty!!!

I recently had the pleasure of attending a makeup and photo shoot session at Fab'rik in Atlantic Station. This fabulous event was hosted by Images Frozen in Time and My Color Theory.  

The session started with a tour through the store to pick out 2 to 3 fresh looks for the photo shoot.  The friendly and helpful Fab'rik associates helped the event attendees to pick out fresh yet trendy looks.  I was totally in my element once I saw all of the bold and beautiful prints.  My assigned associate for the evening helped me to pick out a fabulous Gold necklace and earring set to start with.      

We them moved on to trendy tops for my first look.  She helped me to find a nice furry vest to layer over the outfit that I wore to the shoot.  

As my look was coming together and I started getting the lay of the land, my associate asked me what I wanted to wear for my second look.  I basically told her that I was open to suggestions and allowed her to pick out a few options for me.  

After picking out several possibilities, we ran across this fabulous one piece Black Sleeveless Jumpsuit.  Although I was reluctant to try on something so "sleeveless" for the shoot, I went ahead and gave it a shot.  

Once on, I was totally in love with the outfit, and decided that the jumpsuit would be the one and only outfit for the evening!

After finding the "perfect" outfit, it was on to makeup.  The MUA, Natasha asked me what look I was going for.  I told her to select the best look for me.  

I was so glad that I left this decision up to her professional judgement, because the after product was amazing!  I loved the boldness of my eye makeup as well as the awesome lip color!

I am so glad that I was able to attend this fabulous event!  Make sure to keep up with future #expressminimakeover  events by checking out both Images Frozen in Time's Facebook page (Images Frozen In Time) as well at the Twitter account of My Color Theory (My Color Theory, INC.).

Here are the Before and After Shots! 



Also...here is a video of the event!


It was so much fun!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Neighborhood Awards 2014!

The Neighborhood Awards 2014!
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I had the pleasure of being a VIP guest to enjoy food, folks, and festivities in the Cricket Wireless suite at the 2014 Neighborhood awards!  This year's Neighborhood awards ceremony and concert was held in Atlanta at the Phillips Arena.  It was hosted by Radio Personality, Comedian, and T.V. Game Show Host Steve Harvey.  To learn a little bit more about the Neighborhood awards check out their website

What I enjoyed most about the awards ceremony was the fact that the program for the evening was mixed well with presentations, music, and mini skits.  I was also pleased to see everyday small business owners and people of the community recognized for their good deeds and hard work as citizens.  The nomination categories included best Hair Salon or BBQ restaurant to best community leader.  The music performers were awesome.  Each artist sang between 1 to 3 songs.  I truly enjoyed Anthony Hamilton and India.Arie to name a few.  

All in all, I look forward to attending another Neighborhood Awards weekend in the future!  Thank you again Cricket for inviting me! 

Check out this Concert Footage of Indie.Arie, captured on my Samsung Galaxy S4 by Cricket Wireless!