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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  • I read this amazing anthology back in February — @wellreadblackgirl: a collection of essays edited by @guidetoglo, written by Black women, on the first time they saw themselves in the pages of a book they’ve loved. I’ve read and loved so many books as a child and have related to many characters, but I don’t think I really saw myself reflected racially in a book until my teenage years (except maybe Jesse from the Babysitters Club books?) For me, I always wanted to feel happy when reading, and the books presented to me about Black girls where always sad and/or dealing with slavery. I knew we were worth having more stories with happy endings too, and that thought fuels my writing to this day. ✨ Do you remember the first time you saw yourself in a book?
  • Thank you so much to @disney for gifting me this cute package to celebrate #marypoppinsreturns! It’s out now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray. These books are so adorable! Have you read them or watched the movie yet? ☂️
  • I’ve partnered up with @letstalkYA and @freeform books to share a REALLY BIG book haul on my channel that includes this beauty, #TheEverlastingRose. 🌹 The link is in my bio! I can't wait to curl up with this book! Y'all know I am a huge fan of The Belles. Have you started this series yet?
  • These are the books I read in January (I’ll be sharing the books I read in February on my channel soon!) I didn’t plan on only reading books with blue covers. 💙 I really enjoyed all three of these books and two of them became 5 star reads for me. Have you read any of them?
  • This week was such an exciting one for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL! R.L. STINE, the author of the GOOSEBUMPS books, blurbed my novel!! He says "This ghost story gave me chill after chill. It will haunt you." 😱👻 WHAT! I received more exciting news that I can’t share yet, but can’t wait to. ✨ I’m just so thankful. 🙌🏽🙏🏽
  • “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. 📚