My BFF and I impulsively planned to go to BlogHer in October of last year. In five minutes we had purchased our conference tickets, booked a flight and hotel. Done! We were all set, with nine months to wait. hahahahaha Finally the time had come and we were excited. The kickoff party was on Thursday it was a Selfiebration and the first full day of conference was on Friday. The big day was on Saturday, Arianna Huffington and Kerry Washington were both speaking. MAJOR! To top that off Rev. Run of RUN-DMC was hosting the close out party. WHAT!!! Now let's break down the trip as it really played out, it was a total adventure. I'm going to skip the part where we were supposed to fly from L.A. to San Jose only we missed our crop duster but managed to get on a flight to San Fran at no additional cost. SCORE!
Sometimes you just have to act on impulse... that is exactly what I did. I was sitting at my desk on Thursday morning and I came across the 6th Annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer advertisement. On it was a lot of amazing women in media, Dr. Jill Biden was the speaker and it was in support of Breast Cancer. Well yall already know my Mom is a breast cancer survivor as I've shared her story HERE. My business From Mi To You has been featured on Fox 5 twice now. How incredible is it to see the Vice President's wife speak on a topic that is also near and dear to her heart.
I check the website to see if they had tickets available and they did. JACKPOT! I told my Babe I wanted to go but I wouldn't do it until he told me "well you should go" for some reason I just needed to hear those words. Then everything simply fell into place.
A week ago my niece and I participated in The Color Run. They say it's the #happiest5k and they were not joking. WHO KNEW! Having someone toss powered color on you while you run 3.1 miles would be so much fun, liberating even. I've run in water, I've run in the mud, and I've even run at night but this was by far the most fun. So much so I've signed up to do the run again in September.
I've not hung out with my niece since she was a little girl, by little I mean 2. Today was a first and she and I totally had a blast. Check out our experience in pictures.
Waiting for the run to start.
Saturday, May 17th was International National Hair Meet-up Day. Events around the world would take place on this day and simply celebrate us. Brown girls of all shades who embrace their natural hair. We do have some vanilla girls that are taking care of their daughter's natural hair as well. On this day we come together to educate, share, shop, laugh and have a grand ole time in the name of nappiness.
Everyone loves boobies, we rub boobies in my family and they have saved lives. This weekend my family and I participated in the Race for the Cure. It's our annual tradition; it started as something I did with my Babe and his family because my Mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. As of 2012 my mother was officially a breast cancer survivor too. I've blogged about our experience with HERE! Now we do it together with both sides of our family. We walk in honor of our mother's, the many women and men too that are currently battling breast cancer, those that have lost their battle and those that will be diagnosed. A year or so ago Susan G. Komen changed the Breast Cancer walk to the Saturday before Mother's Day. On this day I used to host my annual Tea Party now we do the walk together.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to get out, well a sista has been doing just that. I kicked last Friday off with the Blogger Week Networking Mixer. The event took place in Washington, DC. Blogger Week™ 2014 is a multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists and social media mavens hosted by Black Bloggers Connect I arrived and to my surprise my cousin was also there. hahaha Had no idea. We went in and mixed and mingled. I met some virtual friends in person for the first time and made some new friends. I went in with no expectations but I was pleasantly surprise that everyone was social. They were friendly and they had no issues sparking up some chatter with a stranger. LOVE THAT! Perhaps it's the blogger in us all.
HAPPY BLOG-VERSARY/BLOGGY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
*tosses confetti* Life and Lips turns 4 years old 2/25/2014.When I started this blog I had no vision in mind, shoot I still don't honestly. I just knew I wanted a place to be Mi. To talk about what I wanted to talk about, to share what I wanted to share and make it look pretty. Well I've accomplished that! I didn't have many followers, didn't know how I would get followers and didn't worry about it honestly. I just knew I was going to post even if I was the only one reading. Some days I still feel like I might be the only one reading. hahahaha
At the start of the year my boyfriend named this year #Xtreme13. When he said it his thinking was a year for us to do things outside of our box, outside of our comfort zone and explore some unknown things. While we set out to do just that this year we didn’t know just how #Xtreme this year would be. We experienced a lot of death this year – His Grandmother (February), 3 of his boys (2 of them died together and the other just two days later - May), my Aunt (age 52 - July), and a few High School classmates.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 arrived; the alarm clock went off at 4AM. We weren’t ready so we hit snooze until it was 4:15AM. The alarm clock went off again and this time IT WAS SHOW TIME!!! Today was the day my Babe was going to run his very first marathon. Now for those of you in the cheap seats (I am a former member) a marathon is a set distance; the exact distance of 26.2 miles. DAMN THAT’S A LOT. We (shut up so what no I wasn’t running too) have been building up to this moment for a long time. He registered back in March and had been training ever since. During his training he never ran more than 13 miles. However he would frequently run from our home to our sons Martial Arts Studio which is about 6.5 miles from the house. It became a game for family and friends to randomly spot him running around town. Hahahahaha I even got a couple of messages from my Facebook friends who had no idea he was training but would say they thought they saw him (insert a random place/street) running. Each time I would reply and say “Yup, that was him”. Lol
#Xtreme13 is still going on, we can't quit now we still have a few months left in the year. This is the Race addition, some wet, some muddy, some just running but all of them a lot of fun. First up is the Roc Race: This race was supposed to be Wipe Out Style, it was advertised to be big fun. They had a great idea, but they failed to execute it properly. This was their first year out the gate and well, they didn't have many obstacles. My Babe did this Race with two of his motorcycle friends. Nori and I came along to cheer them on and take pictures. This was a 5K of fun so they say.
Nori is helping Da-Da stretch before the race