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Easy and Affordable Save The Date Cards

Our wedding is officially a little less than 9 months away, so my fiance and I are now in the full swing of wedding planning. We’ve already booked our venue, selected our bridal party, and I’ve already found my dream dress. Since many of our wedding guest will be traveling from out of state, we decided it would be a good idea to send out our Save the Dates  a little earlier than the usual recommendation, six month before the wedding.

I can easily get stressed out with the details of wedding planning, so it’s very important to me that I do things in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Here’s what we did:
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The Epitome of a Man: 26 Qualities in a Perfect Partner

Today, February 9, is my fiancé’s 26th birthday. When I met him in 2009, right before his 19th birthday, I had no idea he’d become the man that he is today. With each passing year, I’ve been able to witness first hand the growth in him and the growth in our relationship.

Today, my fiancé is the epitome of what I think a partner should be. His characteristics are why I love him and why I can’t wait to be his wife. In honor of his 26 birthday, I’ve written 26 reasons why I love him – 26 qualities of a perfect partner. (more…)

7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Wont Hate

Valentines Day is only 7 days away! If you’re anything like me, you probably still haven’t figured out what to do to celebrate the holiday. This Valentines Day season, I’m partnering with K Darcel to bring you 7 Wonderful Ideas to Make This Valentines Day Unforgettably Special. Whether you’re single or taken, we’ve got you covered. If you’re single, K Darcel has several suggestions to keep you feeling pampered and loved this Valentine’s Day. Visit her site at www.kdarcell.com for the scoop on Valentines Day ideas for singles. And if you’re in a relationship, but looking for something to do that both you and the man in your life can enjoy, keep reading.

7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Won't Hate

I surveyed all the guys I knew and asked for their input on Valentines Day activities they actually enjoyed. Many had to take a moment to think about it as they’d never been asked this question before. Some felt Valentines Day was a waste of time and money, some were all for it and wanted to shower the women in their lives with affection, but nonetheless, they all provided insight on the top things they’d like to do for Valentines Day. Here are the 7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Won’t Hate.

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How to Budget the Simple and Easy Way

With the start of the new year, many people reflect on the previous year and begin to plan out how they can make the next year better. Getting in shape and saving money are always the top goals on the list, but many times, we set unrealistic expectations that have us failing before February. I too am one of those people who fails at my exercise goals, but I’ve always been pretty good with money.

I’m a natural planner, so budgeting my money came instinctively to me. No matter my income, I’ve always been able to support myself, while still enjoying life. For example, when I did two years of Public Allies, an AmeriCorp program after graduating from college, I did a great job managing my small income while still living a fulfilled life. It’s no secret that AmeriCorps members (in other words, paid volunteers) make about, if not less than, $15,000 a year. While in AmeriCorps, I managed to live on my own (with a roommate, but without the assistance of my parents), pay my bills on time, go on weekend trips with my friends to places like D.C., treat my (now) fiance to a Brooklyn Nets game as an anniversary gift, and buy all of my family awesome christmas gifts without going into debt. For me, it was a simple thing of making a plan and sticking to it. Most people know that’s all you need to do to budget, but it’s the actual making of a plan that stumps some people. Allow me to offer some of my tips. (more…)

Three Important Tips for the Moment You Get Engaged

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It has officially been a year since I got engaged. On Christmas Eve 2014, the love of my life asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was one of the best days of my life.  I remember being so happy. Christmas time is a season where many people get engaged. Having been there only 365 days ago, I’d like to offer you 3 tips for the moment you get engaged. (more…)

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is only nine days away! If you’re anything like me, you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping or even figured out what you’d like to buy everyone. Lucky for us, Amazon is offering free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime accounts (30 day free trails available) to ensure all gifts make it to your door in time for Christmas. And lucky for you, I’ve got a quick last minute Christmas gift guide to help you pick the perfect gift! (more…)

One spark can start a fire

Happy Thanksgiving – Part II

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The most valuable things I have in my life are my relationships with others.  I have wonderful relationships with mentors, networking groups, and friendships with talented and brilliant women. I’m so grateful to the people in my life who invested in me. All of these relationships have pushed me to always put my best foot forward and reach new heights.  Without them, I would not be the person that I am today. I’m sure the same is true for them. Someone in their lives invested in them and pushed them to be better, and they’ve paid it forward by pushing me. (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving – Part I

Now that November is here and Thanksgiving is approaching, I’ll be doing a series on the thing I’m currently most grateful for: community.

I’m eternally grateful for the people who are in my life and the ways in which they’ve blessed me. Today, November 6th, 2015, the official one year mark to the day of my wedding, it’s only right to start this series off by thanking my  community of supportive family and friends.
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By this time next year, I will be on my way down the aisle to marry the love my life. We’ve been engaged for almost a year now and lots of the wedding plans are already complete thanks to the help of our family and friends. We were gifted so many things to make our dreams come true and know that none of it would be possible without the moral, financial, and physical support of our family and friends. (more…)

Real Love: the not so perfect, not so romantic, raw, down & dirty truth

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I want to talk about love – real love, not that infatuation garbage we post as love on social media. I want to talk about true love, the not so perfect, not so romantic, raw, down and dirty love.

I know the pretty soon I’ll see lots of posts from single people wanting to be in a relationship. I get it, it’s nothing wrong with wanting love. We were made to desire love, but ask yourself, are you truly looking for love? Or is what you’re after some unrealistic fantasy you’ve gotten off of social media and movies? (more…)