St. Jude
National Civil Rights Museum - The Lorraine Motel #StJudeBlogTour

National Civil Rights Museum : The Lorraine Motel #StJudeBlogTour

Hey Cuties, Prior to leaving for the St. Jude Blog Tour in Memphis I had one mission and several anxieties.  My mission was to visit the now iconic Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot.  I'd been to Memphis many years ago but didn't have a chance to go. This time I was going to make it my mission although our days were full sunrise to sunset.  After receiving the agenda I was thrilled to see they were taking us there for a tour. SCORE!!! Now one might wonder why in the world St. Jude would take us to the National Civil Rights Museum. Stick with me and I will spill the tea. Look for the , this is Day one of the #StJudeBlogTour
Travel/Adventure
What I Learned from Traveling Alone Cover Image

What I Learned from Traveling Alone

Hey Cuties, I had an amazing three days with St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  I met a lot of dope people and we are forever bonded by our experience.  I will be sharing my experience in bits and pieces but know that it was incredible. It was also monumental one for me for a different reason. As much as I travel, as many places as I go this was the very first time I've traveled alone. I talked about doing so last year and ended up traveling with my cousin. It was an adventure, but a necessary journey.
Travel/Adventure
Last week of Summer fun. A family Staycation_edited

Last week of Summer fun

Hey Cuties, The family and I have been enjoying our staycation during the last week of summer.  It has been hell hot in the DC area lately so we've been keeping cool. I had some pre-planned activities but with the extreme temps I didn't want everyone to be miserable; So I had to come up with some things on the fly.
DIY
DIY Kids Calendar #MiniCuteLips

DIY Kids Calendar #LittleCuteLips

Hey Cuties, We are coming off a viciously hot weekend in the DMV area; temps in the high 90's feeling like 115. The kids and I kept cool at the pool on Saturday and on Sunday My Girl aka LittleCuteLips worked on a fun project for her.  She knows her days of the week but she doesn't have a concept of time. If I tell her something is happening in two weeks she asks me how long that is every single day.   If I tell her two weeks is fourteen days, that doesn't make things any clearer.  Although she knows her days of the week she has to sing the song to remember the correct order sometimes.
Events
Capital Solstice DC Event Recap_edited

Capital Solstice DC Event Recap

Hey Cuties,

Last Friday Babe and I set out on a working date to the Capital Solstice Black Tie Cocktail Dinner by TTC Private Chefs & Dinning Services.  The event boast about a nine course meal and a magical experience. That did happen, but not like you're thinking. Can you really sit down and eat a nine course meal? If you answered yes you are a totally fatty, and we should do lunch. *High Five* The meal was served in a traditional tapas style; small plates.  This wasn't a sit and eat time of affair. The goal is for you to eat and mix and mingle while enjoying the entertainment.

Travel/Adventure
LOCAL THINGS TO DO WITH GROUPON

Local Things To Do with Groupon

Hey Cuties,

The calendar has pressed the wrap it up button on summer and I'm both annoyed and a bit excited. School starts in exactly twelve days and the family and I are soaking up the last of summer with a bit of a staycation. stay·ca·tionˌ (noun) a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. I would love to say we are sleeping in late but we've got to get back in school mode. That means early mornings and days of fun things to do. Maybe we can squeeze in afternoon naps. I'm sure we will be worn out from all of the fun.

DIY
DIY Jewelry Organizer

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Happy Monday Cuties, I've been working on a closet DIY for almost a week now. I won't be selfish and take all of the credit because Babe totally helped me out. Like helped me out so much this should maybe be his DIY. I was more of the designer and foreman and he did all the work although I located and purchased the materials.  What kind of work? Team work. {Quick, what show is that from?} When we purchased our home six years ago Babe hooked us all the way up. He customized our closets to our liking and I loved it. He gave me what I asked for and it was cool; until it wasn't.
Travel/Adventure
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New Orleans Music & Culture

Hey Cuties,

While hanging out in the bayou {New Orleans} one of the things that attracted me to the city the most was the culture.  According to Merriam-Webster culture is defined as:  cul·ture: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time - : a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.  New Orleans is a place that has its own particular way and I dig it. There was an air of freedom of expression that I hadn't experience anywhere else to date.  The biggest draw for me was the local music and traditions. I was a lover of the show Treme which was based in New Orleans post Katrina. You already know that I love food but Babe has been talking about the Second Line since I met him. I had no idea what it was until I saw it on the show.

Part 1: Tramping  Around New Orleans  Part 2: Essence Festival Recap: Actors Edition  Part 3: New Orleans #FatSnacks  Part 4: Essence Festival Recap: Musician Edition  Part 5: New Orleans Music & Culture

Kids
Natural Hairstyles for Kids Part II

Natural Hairstyles for Kids. Vol. II

Hey Cuties, Today we're talking hair; in particular we're talking hairstyles. Last year I wrote a post titled Natural Hairstyles for Kids, to date it is my most popular blog post ever.  We are less than a month out from the first day of school so I thought it was a good time to roll out a part II of that post. This time I've included a bonus wash day hack that will ease the hair washing process.