Monday, February 18, 2013

More Three Day Weekends Please!

Ok, so lets just start by saying I had a FANTASTIC weekend! You name it, we did it!

Reuel and I didn't really get to celebrate Valentines Day on Thursday, but it was cool with me, after he apologized for not purchasing so much as a card for me.  Yep, you read that right ladies, my hubs didn't even purchase  me so much as card ya'll.    Basically his logical reasoning for this outlandish  behavior was that I told him I didn't want anything and that  I had suggested we celebrate on Saturday, Lol! I mean, when I said I didn't want anything, I didn't mean I didn't want the typical flowers and a card!  What on earth was he smoking, I meant I didn't want a diamond ring or a Cartier Watch for crying out loud! Seriously, he should have known better, I've never been that much of a trooper. come on, dunn- deezy, this is me we're talking about.  For those of you who know me, you know I was in total shock right?

I was like.... um, he's playing, I know I got some flowers up in hea somewhere. I  bet they're exotic too.  Lol, I looked around the house, and everything looked pretty freakin' normal. I tipped over to our bedroom,  up, no flowers there.

Oh, he's really trying to be romantic, he probably decked the bathroom out with flowers, candles,  and ran me a relaxing eucalyptus bath (which happens to be my fav).  I open the door and what do I see, NOTHING! What in the world, NOTHING, only the dirty pJ's I took off that morning. I strutted in the kitchen and said- babe, you didn't get me anything? He was looking all puzzled in the face too. His immediate response was, Jamaya, you specifically said you didn't want anything. You even told me that you wanted to celebrate on Saturday because you had school tonight.  Now you got me feeling terrible.  I would've got you something if I would have known.  I was like, really Reuel!

We joked about that all day Friday... he thought it was the funniest thing, I too found it to be  quite amusing!
                                                  
Wellz, when Saturday came around, we made up for the EPIC events that took place on Thursday-Lol
       
We went to Farris & Foster and WE made ChOcOlAtE Y'all


       We got there around 12 noon, we had no idea, that this place was so close to where we live


                                              
                                     Here's a shot of what the chocolate factory looks like

This was one of the many events that the Camaderie hosted for military couples- It was so much fun!


                                                             (aren't they the cutest couple)


                      Rell and I didn't waste anytime getting suited up.... we were ready for a good time!

                                                            I took his his pic & he took mine :)







       Here are of few pix of us in action… Lets start with this being the best crafting experience-EVER!




                               My Booskie is getting down y'all, don't tell him he's not a Chocolatier hon-tay!



Prep time in session



TaaDah!!!! Look what I made-Yum :)





                                           He's getting fancy with the drizzle technique



                                        Of course I had to try the whole drizzle effect too, Lol!


Here are the Heart Shaped Chocolate Pops we made


NOTE: His hands aren't ashy, lol thats the powder from the latex gloves….too funny!





                     I'm making my two favorites… Chocolate covered caramel and turtles- YUMMY


Here's what the finished product looks like- We did pretty darn good right :) I was proud y'all



                                              More Chocolate treats to eat   share with the kiddos :)



 After the chocolate factory, we went home for a bit to catch up on some rest.  Shortly after, we headed back out for round two.  Round two consisted of this!!!!


                                             So, say hello to my little friend… isn't she a beaut!

after that we decided to hit Smokey Bones up for some wings and a few drinks, before heading to the movies to see "A Good Day to Die Hard"

The food was pretty good but nothing to write home to momma about


On Sunday, we headed to the bowling alley for some family fun…. Hubz dusted us all off, Emanuel came in second.

After the friendly game of bowling we headed to Cold stone for ice cream…. Did I mention how much LOVE me some ice cream.

Here are a few pix of the food


                                                                   Cornbread
                                                     

                                                            Garlic & Spice Wings
                                                       
                                                        Ribs, Chicken, and Loaded Fries
                                                 
                                                       Strawberry Mint Lemonade (delish)


And a few shots from the bowling alley...









And if you don't think that was big news….. Check this out!!!

My sweetheart lost her first tooth!!! It was hanging by a thread yesterday and her lovely dad pulled it today. This is the before shot, I'll have to post the after shot later


So, yep, that's it for now! That was my exhilrating three day weekend! After all the joy, all I can say is keep em comin'

So, how was your weekend… did you do anything exciting?

Friday, February 15, 2013

On My Radar

Guess what y'all,  a few weeks or so ago, I told Franziska I would join in on the fun and become a  "Budgeting Blogger."  Yep, thats right! I said the "B" word.  I'm so excited about this journey and I can't wait to report how things are coming along at the end of each month. Now, I know y'all don't know me on a personal level,  so I'll tell you, I'm kind of a brat when it comes to shopping. I pretty much get the stuff I want, when I want it (as long as it's reasonable of course).  However,  in looking back, I've purchased A LOT of unecessary stuff that I didn't really need, and some of the stuff that I've purchased isn't timeless or even transitional for that matter.  The thing is, (a) I LOVE TO SHOP, and I DIDN'T ALWAYS consider the functionality of the things I brought before I purchased them,  (b) I LOVE HAVING MONEY IN THE BANK, and (c), I need to pay  closer attention to the things I purchase, and how much of my income gets spent on clothing items. Thus, I'll be keeping tabs on it through this lovely blog of mine. Huh, how about that! You guys will be in the know of what a sistah is swiping her card for each month. Now,  do understand when I say swipe my card, I'm referring to my " Bank card" as hubs and I have reserved the right NOT to use our credit cards- They were H-E double hockey sticks to pay off, but now they're currently at a ZERO balance and we are shooting to keep it that way. Okay?!? Now that we've got that understood, here's the plan.  I decided to create this little reference guide of "What's On My Radar" to help me stay abreast of the things I REALLY want and hopefully this will avert my " I don't even like this anymore purchases".
Come March, I'll disclose what my monthly clothing allowance will be and I'll give you guys a break down of how much I spend on a month by month basis.  How does that sound? Hmmm, this is either going to be exciting or a mission impossible, lol--- I guess only time will tell, right? So,  here' s the list of the items that are  currently " On My Radar"
Light Blue- I’m almost out, this is one of my go to fragrances during the day.  My husband loves it (probably because he considers this to be my signature scent- it was one of the first perfumes he brought me when we were dating (11 years ago).  I think I like it so much because it’s clean, light and airy, which makes it perfect for the work place, in my opinion.





Gucci Premier—This one came highly recommended via my lovely cousin, Aleshia W.. I’ll be taking a trip to Sephora soon to snatch up a sample-- I’m sure it’s simply divine



Marc Jacobs Woman- Now this fragrance is lovely- it smells heavenly with my body chemistry, I could just kiss Marc for this-  Woman will always be in my fragrance rotation





                                                  Orange, Emerald, Black & White!!!
Um, yes please!  I’ve had orange, emerald, black and white on my radar for  a while now, and seeing all of the cute stuff in the stores,  doesn't help me at all—especially since I’m trying really, REALLY hard to stick to my budget-  ya dig!



Here are a few things I’d like to purchase this weekend      EVENTually  
                                                                        SHOES

Green, Orange, and Black Pumps, Leopard flats, Black Flats, Cognac Booties, Ankle Strap Nude Pumps, multi- colored ankle strap pump


                                                                     SHIRTS
Black & White Shirt, Multi Colored Chiffon Top , Ralph Lauren Button Downs: Multi colors and patterns
                                                           ACCESSORIES


Tory Burch Earrings (orange and/ or  green), Marc by Marc Jacobs Earrings (silver and gold) Gold Hoop Earrings

Gold Fashion Necklace, Coral Fashion Necklace, Silver Fashion Necklace
Black & White Scarf , Green Scarf,  Leopard Scarf, Coral Scarf, Grey Leopard Scarf
Belts: Leopard, Cognac, red, Orange & Green
Silver & Gold MK watch, Gold Marc by Marc Jacobs watch Envelop Clutchesblack studded & animal print)
                                                             BLAZERS
                     black & white, plaid, tan, coral, mint, orange, grey,  navy blue, red,  pink & purple
                                                             BOTTOMS
                            Pencil Skirts : black, khaki, coral, yellow, red,  (2) multi color w/ print
              Pants: black & white pants;  Skinny  Fit Khaki pants of some sort,  & Yellow Jeans

                                                             Make-up
                                                               
                                                               MAC Zoom Lash

                                                                MAC Concealer
                                                                     Eyeliner
                                                                  NARS Blush
                                                           New Shades of Lipstick

                                                      Make-up forever eyelid primer

                                                                 NYX pencils

In typing out this list, I realize I want A LOT OF STUFF, lol—I don’t expect to purchase half the things on this list anytime soon, but it’s nice to be able to visualize the “Holes in my closet” as well as the things that fall into the "nice to have category" I got this idea from Franziska over at Franish,  and Angela over at Selfless Ambition. Swig by their place some time, and tell them that Maya sent cha- I’m sure They’ll welcome you with open arms.
So, do tell!  What do you have on your radar?  Are there any holes in your closet or must have items  you plan on purchasing EVENTually? If so, what are they?
                                                            

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Heart Day & More…

Happy Heart Day y'ALL

Hope you guys were able to spend some time with the ones you love. As for me I pretty much worked all day and hung out with the family. Huz and I  plan on having an official date night this weekend. With the kids and all of their after school events, it's pretty complicated for us to get out during the weekdays- hopefully I'll have something interesting to share on Saturday{fingers crossed}

Until then, I'll leave you all with a few pictures of my "Work Wear"


                                       {YELLOW, RED, & LEOPARD}












Ha! I had lost my balance in this shot, but I think its a good shot of my bun, so I figured I'd share it anyway, :)


                                                              Shirt: Ralph Lauren
                                                              Pants: J. Crew
                                                              Shoes: Nine West
                                                              Pearls: J. Crew
                                                              Earrings: J. Crew
                                                              Watch: MK
                                                              Handbag: MK


 So, how do you feel about my yellow, red, and leopard combo? Go ahead, don't be a stranger, share your thoughts below :)  Thanks for stopping by my place, Good night guys!!!




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