04 Jan 2019

How Pure Barre Made Me Love Working Out Again

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2019, and that this year brings us all blessings and miracles. Just like a lot of people, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to work out more — specifically, be more kind to my body in what I eat, how active I…

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26 Sep 2018

I have a book deal! (+ blog updates)

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted this news on the blog yet, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, you probably already know that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!! I have a middle-grade novel, called THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, coming with Scholastic in Fall 2019. I feel incredibly thankful, grateful and blessed! You…

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08 Aug 2018

How We Made Our Wedding Day Unique! [Giveaway]

Today, I’m partnering up with WeddingWire to show you a few ways we made our wedding day unique! I’ve mentioned in a previous post about how there were a few things about our wedding day that were slightly different than the norm, or even different than what I had in my head (getting married outside in…

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07 Aug 2018

Our Wedding Photos!

Happy Tuesday! I’m back on the blog to show you our wedding photos! I know, It seems like this blog has been turned into a wedding blog, but I have tons of exciting updates coming soon! Also, since my wedding planning process and day went by in such a blur, I’m really just now taking…

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29 Jun 2018

The Importance of a Thank You Note, with the Basic Invite Website

Unless you’re eloping or having a destination wedding, planning a wedding can really take a village. There are so many things you may need advice on, or help with, like stamping envelopes or picking bridesmaids dresses. That village can be anyone: a wedding team you’ve hired, your mom, mom-in-law, grandmother or aunts, your bridesmaids, or,…

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12 Jun 2018

My Wedding Video + Thoughts on Wedding Planning!

*This post is so kindly sponsored by WeddingWire! All thoughts and opinions are my own.* Friends! Today is our one month wedding anniversary! I wanted to celebrate that with you by sharing our wedding video, plus thoughts I’ve had on wedding planning! This is the first of a few wedding themed blog posts. I have…

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01 Jun 2018

A Wrinkle in Time Book and Movie Review

I had the pleasure of receiving a box in a paid promotion for A Wrinkle in Time with Walt Disney Studios, that includes all types of movie themed goodies. You can watch the full unboxing here. Inside the box was an A Wrinkle in Time themed throw blanket, movie-tie in book, reading light, coffee mug, journal, and complementary…

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14 Feb 2018

Our Engagement Photos!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it was the perfect day to share the engagement photos that me and my fiancé, Rob, took just a few weeks ago! The photos were taken by the lovely Dailey. After pouring through photographers for hours and hours and hours, I found Dailey’s work and found it to be exactly…

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04 Feb 2018

February Goals | 2018

Happy February! January was very transitional for me. It felt like there was so much going on at the beginning of the month (and from the looks of social media, everyone thought January felt really long!) but the hard parts worked themselves out and it ended on a very high note! I spent lots of…

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29 Jan 2018

I found my wedding dress!

Some exciting wedding news: I found my wedding dress! I went to one store and only tried on a handful of dresses (the dress I ended up choosing was the second or third one I tried on!) but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. I knew I wanted my…

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  • “One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?” 💗 I finished Anne of Green Gables in January and it became an instant favorite. It put me in a reading slump bc I wanted to read something exactly like it when I was done! Anne is such a lovable character and I feel like we have the same view on life. This is a classic, character driven story with beautiful descriptions that makes you feel like you’re going through Anne’s life with her. Have you read it? What other books give you the same feelings as this one? #AnneOfGreenGables
  • I turned in second pass pages for #TheForgottenGirl this week, so here’s a tiny sneak peek. 😍 Look at the chapter headings! ✨
  • Very cheesy selfie to tell you that I have a new video on my channel featuring the books I read in January and what I’m reading this month! Also this @olay sweatshirt is one of my favorite work-from-home shirts, ever. 📚
  • @buzzfeedbooks included me in their round-up of books by Black authors not to miss this year, along with so many other authors I admire! ☺️🙌🏽! The Forgotten Girl is for the young and young at heart. It isn’t available for preorder everywhere yet, but I’ve seen it on Amazon, Books-a-million, and IndieBound so far! 💙
  • Today being Langston Hughes’ birthday and the first day of Black History Month has me feeling really inspired to create. I wrote 2k words on my new project and I’m feeling really good about them! January was a great month for me, I hope February is even better. ✊🏽✨I took this picture at the Langston Hughes House with @i_too_arts in 2017! What are you working on today?
  • A quick recap of all of the books I read in 2018! I enjoyed them ALL. This year, my goal is is to read 30 books. You can find my thoughts on each book in the new video at the link in my bio. The only book I realized I forgot to mention was The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 🤦🏽‍♀️ I REALLY enjoyed that one and have the review for it on my channel! Did you read any of these books? 💕
  • A year ago today, I said yes to my dress, and I’m sharing the ones that almost were in my IG stories. This is actually one of the few pictures I have in my wedding dress with my hair curly. It was 95 degrees on my wedding day and I didn’t want to be fussing over my curls (my hands are always in my head lol), so I opted for straight hair. I also wanted to do something out of the norm, since I wear my hair like this 98% of the time. I’m glad I did, but I still really love this photo. 💕
  • I’m writing something new, and this time it’s a YA romance. 💕 This project has been swimming around in my head for months. For the past year or so I’ve been editing or rewriting, so I’m so excited to start a new story. I have to start on paper first, to scribble out the general idea or quotes I want to use. I’m having so much fun with one, y’all. 😍 Also, shoutout to my husband for buying this new notebook, and my mom for buying me this lap desk. Now it’s so easy to write in bed. 😂 #amwriting