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Marriage, My Girls, Weekend

Surprise Party, Jazz in the Gardens, Brunch on SoBe – A Weekend in Miami

March 20, 2014

I never realize how much I need to get out of dodge until I do just that…..Get.Out.Of.Dodge.

Last year we didn’t travel at all trying to reserve all of our coins for the move. Now that we are mostly settled in we thought it would be a great time to sneak in a little get away to just relax and refresh. My father flew in from Las Vegas to stay with the children and the Mr. and I threw the deuces and hit the road to Miami.

Miami 2

After safely arriving to Miami after a 7 hour trip that should’ve taken 10 I hit the pedi spot with my bestie.  With my toes “did”, I got dressed for what I thought was going to be a night out on the town and dinner with the Mr. only to find out he and a friend of mine that lives in Miami put together a nice surprise birthday dinner for her husband and myself. Talk about good times with old friends.

Miami 3

Miami 4

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Saturday involved a trip to the beach, some visiting and a beautiful night under the stars listening to music at Miami Gardens’ annual Jazz in the Gardens concert. This year’s line up included Mint Condition, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton and Maze featuring Frankie Beverley.

Jazz in the Gardens

Post show, Mr. drove me  to South Beach, where I spent the night with two of my favorite girls in the world at a very chic boutique hotel on the beach.  Sunday morning the three of us grabbed a selfie and some brunch. We spotted Nicole Murphy walking by, she was about that I don’t want to be bothered life but I caught a glimpse of those abs. Yeah, I’m on that….starting next week!

Miami 1

The Mr. and I closed out our weekend getaway at Jazz in the Gardens, where LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton and the infamous Frankie Beverly closed out our phenomenal weekend.

Frankie Beverly

As I head into a very busy next few months followed by the craziness of Summer I am glad that we took this opportunity to sneak away. When was the last time you and your significant other stole away? Have you ever taken a home girls trip? Have any trips planned for the Spring and Summer?

Date Night, Frugal and Fab, Marriage, Sans Ads

Great Date Deals – CupDate

May 14, 2013
*I was provided a complimentary date through Great Date Deals. All opinions are my own…you already know*

Great Date Deals

A few weeks ago the Mr. and I stepped out for a much needed date night courtesy of Great Date Deals. Great Date Deals is an awesome website that does the hard work for you when it comes to selecting activities that you can do as a date. Great Date Deals offers deals for a number of major cities outside of Atlanta so make sure to check and see if yours is listed. I won’t lie, a part of the reason why we don’t get out as much as we should is because by the time we go around and around about what to do and where to eat while keeping our budget in mind we just end up staying at the house…true story.

The website listings are powered through Groupon so when you click to purchase the deal you are taken to the Groupon interface. Basically like I said they have done the hard part for you, so now there is no excuse for you to not hit the town with your honey.

The Cup Cupdate.

Mr. and Mrs.

For our date we headed out to The Cup – A Gourmet Cupcake Cafe located here in Atlanta. The location holds couples events that consist of lite fare and drinks, couple inspired games and cupcake decorating. Yes, I said cupcake decorating where you indeed get to eat lots of cupcakes.

The Cup

Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake Decorating

If you ever find yourself stumped on what to do for a date night or even a night out with the homies visit Great Date Deals Online or on Facebook.

When was the last time you went on a date? Where did you go?


Family, Marriage, My Girls

Operation Wedding

February 22, 2013

Y’all know I don’t ask much from you, so when I do I hope you get how sincere my request is.

Earlier this week I took a few photos of my neighbors. These photos were used for a submission  to win a dream wedding on behalf of our local Fox channel. Operation Wedding will grant one military family the dream wedding of a lifetime but they need votes.


Ancil has been deployed twice and is currently still away from his family working since coming off of deployment. She has been holding down the house and the family while he is away. They are such a deserving and giving family and I would really love to see them get this wish granted.

I said all of that to say, can you please take about 30 seconds to vote for them. Voting is open until 2/29. They are the first on the list.  Timeka Russell and Ancil Christopher. 


Thanks y’all!!

Marriage, Relationships, The Mr.


September 2, 2012

September 2nd marks seven years that the Mr. and I have been married. The road has been long, bumpy, narrow, wide, and non existent at times but I am happy to say that it is now paved with asphalt and we have truly reached that point in our marriage where I would like to believe that nothing can break us.

I rarely speak about the Mr. in this space because he is some what private, not to mention I have something with people who are always talking about how spectacular their significant other is. I always feel like they are trying to convince themselves instead of me. That’s another story for another day. Kind of like no one goes around saying how awesome wives and mothers are because its expected…

I digress.

Well, I came up with the ingenious idea to have the Mr. and myself list out 7 things we have learned during this journey that has contributed to the current state of happiness within our marriage.

Keep in mind we are not experts!

Continue Reading…

Marriage, Parenting, Relationships

What You Won’t Do….

April 11, 2012

Listen. This post references *whispers* sex. If you are going to blush and giggle hit the red X and we’ll see you tomorrow.

I recently read an article somewhere about sexless marriages. Call me green but I really didn’t want to believe people did this. Oh, but they do. The numbers were astounding.

So here’s my question. What’s the point?

I understand there are a number of issues beyond one’s control that might contribute to a lack of intimacy between two people but outside of those reasons…*scratches head*

Women are the masters of intimidation and manipulation and I’m sure more than half of the population  have used said action or lack thereof as a reward and punishment system. Wrong.

I subscribe to the theory that what you won’t do…..

Not saying that all men cheat because their wives are nagging, raggedy messes, but I am saying those trying to dangle their special parts like a carrot might be doing themselves more harm than good.

The article went on to explain that the majority of the couples who were in these “arrangements” stayed for their children or money reasons. After interviewing some of the children of these couples overwhelmingly the children were aware of the marital problems despite their parents attempt at hiding it. TRAGIC.

If I can’t be intimate with you, and we’ve tried on more than one occasion and its not working, I’m sorry it’s time to move on. Torturing children thinking you are giving them a good example when they are reading right through the foolishness has dire my opinion.

This really floored me.

Would you or could you be in a sexless marriage. If so, please explain?

*hits my virtual two step*

Family, Marriage, Milestones


February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m not a big celebrater (is that a word) of the day because love is to be given on a daily basis but I’ll take a few chocolates.

I am going to repost my Valentines post  of how the Mr. and I became husband and wife. If you were reading last year this is old news. For my new readers here is my unlikely love story!!


*cue Mary J. Blige and Method Man “All I Need and loop in your head as many times as necessary to get through this post*

Once upon a time in June of 1998 I met a guy named A.D. Initially I was not impressed, he grew up very different from me and being as shallow minded as I was at the time I wanted nothing to do with a freshman college student who didn’t own a car, or who grew up in the mean streets of Miami, Fl. At the urging of a mutual friend of ours that actually went to high school with him, I agreed to ONE conversation. As cliche as it sounds the rest was history!

We dated from June 1998 to August of 1999. We decided to go our separate ways and rekindled our relationship in December of 2002. Amazingly during that time I never saw him more than two times and we lived in a very small town but people always said he would ask about me. We agreed to give it another shot prior to my graduating from college and moving from Tallahassee to Charlotte.

He graduated in 2003 and joined me in Charlotte

We lived in Charlotte for a year and a half before moving to Atlanta. About a year after moving here we got engaged..Woot Woot!!

Then a week later we discovered I was pregnant…After all those years, our luck ran out!

Shortly before Lil Man was born we got married at the courthouse.

You see my boy..Peace up, A town down

We had our own little family

Shortly after our trip to Disney in Summer 2009, We decided it was time to add to the roster

All of this because these two people fell in love….

Moral of the story is, if you haven’t found your “love” yet be patient and overlook the material things. If I had stayed hung up on the fact that he didn’t have a car and grew up in the projects this post would have never been!

Happy Valentines Day!