My 2017 Travel Wishlist

Hi Loves,

Summer is my favorite season, especially since I tend to travel more during that time.  I will be going on quite a few trips during these upcoming months so I thought I would share my travel wishlist.  The locations I do not visit this year are on my wish list for the future.

Check out my travel wish list:

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5 Natural Hair Products I Can’t Live Without

Hi Loves,

Since I am always looking for ways to improve my health, I do not limit that to just my food intake, I also try to implement this principle with what I apply to my body externally.  After all your body is your temple right?  That being said I try to use products on my skin and hair that have mostly natural ingredients.  In the future I will create a blog post with what natural skin products I use.

Until then checkout the 5 natural hair products I cannot live without:

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10 Things That Make Me Happy

I am all about living a positive, healthy, and happy life. I am very grateful for everything and everyone in my life so I decided to list 10 things that make me happy:

  1. My Family and Friends. I love hanging out with them whether it is going to dinner or just hanging out, often times more than not they put a smile on my face.

2. Spending quality time with my boo. Whether we are hanging out at home or at a restaurant, spending time with him makes me happy.

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3. The beach. I love feeling the sand beneath my bare feet, I love laying on the beach soaking up the sun’s warm rays, and I love hearing the soothing sounds of the ocean’s waves crashing in the background.

4. Vacation.  I love waking up in a foreign place while learning new things and exploring the new surrounding I am vacationing in.  It feels great to get away from my normal day to day routine. (I just hate flying lol)

5. Tea. A nice hot cup of tea just warms me to my soul.  Tea calms me and always makes me feel better.  Plus it is healthier than coffee.

6. Singing & Music. I love singing to and jamming to all types of music. I especially love jamming to Reggae, Konpa, African, and Pop music. (I listen to other types as well.)

7. Being creative.  I love being able to create something new. Whether it is drawing, painting, a DIY project, writing a song, creating a dance routine, or whatever else that allows me creative control.

8. Event Planning.  I love planning events and hosting them, this allows me to nurture my creative side as well.

9. Dressing up.  Who does not love getting all dressed up to go somewhere nice?  I love putting on make up, throwing on a cute outfit, and heading to dinner or a lounge etc.

10. Brunch.  I live for this!  Well not literally but I am all for trying out a new brunch spot or hosting brunch.  I wish brunch should be everyday!  I love mimosas, crepes, and home fries.

Bonus. This may sound corny but I actually really enjoy blogging more than I thought I would.  I am constantly thinking about what my next blog is gonna be.

Reflecting on what makes me happy makes me appreciative of everything in my life and gives me a different aspect on my life. There are a lot of other things in my life that currently make me happy however for the sake of this post I kept it at 10.  Hopefully this inspires you to write down things that make you happy. Comment below on what makes you happy.

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Peace & Love,

Esther J

Spring Break Trip To Miami

Greetings Loves!

I decided to try something a little different for this blog, by sharing my recent South Florida trip with you in a vlog!  My brother, bestie, her kids, and I we went to South Florida and stopped in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and Bradenton (sorry I don’t have any footage from that leg of our trip.)  It was a short trip but definitely was a much needed break from the cold weather up here, in Maryland.

Let me know if you would like to see more videos, if so what videos would you like to see me post, comment below, and do not forget to subscribe.

Peace & Love,

Esther J

How To Deal With Haters

Let’s face it everyone has haters. You know what I’m talking about those people who always want to rain on your parade when you are in an excellent mood or that person who always has something negative to say to you regardless of what mood you’re in.  No matter how nice or lovable you are, human beings have the ability to find the pettiest reason not to like you and make you feel like you do not deserve to be happy.  But guess what!  It is not your business to find out why they do not like you or to even worry about them not liking you PERIOD.  Their nasty attitude is a reflection of their self and their insecurities.  You cannot allow these people to steal your joy.

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Healthy Snacks To Help You Get And Stay In Shape

With all the unhealthy options surrounding us, it makes it difficult to eat healthy let alone snack healthy.  The best way to stay on track is to plan ahead by bringing snacks along with you everywhere you go.  I have a serious sweet tooth so I keep snacks in my house, in my desk at work, in my car, and sometimes in my purse. This way when a craving strikes I am less likely to buy a doughnut at the local coffee shop or eat that cupcake my coworkers brought in to celebrate someone’s birthday with.

Do not get me wrong I am human so occasionally I do go out and get that doughnut that has been calling my name, however if I already have something to satisfy my sweet tooth readily available I am 9 out of 10 times more likely to avoid falling off the wagon.  By choosing to eat what I already have, this will not only help keep off extra pounds but also will help me save money .  Since I am trying to cut out my habit of buying unhealthy food items all together I thought I would share a list of my favorite vegan, non genetically modified, and minimally processed snacks with no extra chemical additives. Read More

9 Tips on How to Pack for Vacation

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner, which means vacation season is officially here!!! Can you tell I am sooo excited??!!! I have a few trips coming up back to back so I thought I would share my tips on how I pack for vacation:

Check the weather

Check the weather forecast so you can plan your outfits accordingly.  It would suck to not have an umbrella if its gonna be raining.  You may need a sweater in case the temperature drops at night.  Avoid any potential surprises by simply checking the weather.

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5 Tips For Going Clubbing

This past weekend I participated in one of my close friend’s bachelorette celebration.  We definitely had a great time, however there are a few things which I would not have been able to be without while partying.

Here are 5 items things that are a must when going clubbing:

Identification

There is nothing worst than walking all the way to a venue and realizing you or someone else in your crew forgot their ID. (In this case my bestie did.)  You will not be allowed into most establishments which have age requirements without an ID and you will need to walk back to your car or drive back home to get your ID.

Water

I normally keep a bottle of water in the car but remember to drink plenty of water throughout the night to remain hydrated.  Alcohol has similar effects of a diuretic.

Small Bag

I carry a light weight cross body bag with all of my essentials in there, cards, money, phone, keys, etc.  Bags like this allow your hands to be free so you can hold your drink, etc.

Lipstick

Be sure to have your lipstick or makeup to reapply as necessary in your small bag.

Flats

Once you’ve been dancing all night and your feet start to hurt, you maybe tempted to take off your shoes and place your feet on the ground.  STOP! Think of all those nasty germs that are being harbored on that nasty floor.  This is where your flats will come in handy.

Bonus tips:  Don’t drink and drive kids.  Always have a DD (designated driver.) Have fun but don’t push your limit.  After a night of Partying make sure you take time to rest your body afterwards.

 

Peace and Love,

 

Esther J

Marriage? Kids? How to Deal With Constantly Being Asked These Questions

I come from a Haitian/ Caribbean background where if you are in your mid twenties or older you are expected to have your master’s degree, be married, and start popping out babies shortly after these life changing events.  This is the case for a number of women where all of these life achievements happen seemingly without much effort however, for some of us it does not.

I get so tired of people constantly asking me when are you going to get married?  Are you in a relationship?  When are you going to have kids? You have a boyfriend, what is he waiting on? When are you gonna get your masters? Don’t you just love when the elder adults in your community who assume you don’t have a boyfriend tell you “I have someone for you.”  Even if I did not have a boyfriend what makes you think I will even like your prospect?

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Heels & Health Brunch

“At a young age we are taught that soul food is the unhealthy death food that many of us put in our temples.  But what is real soul food?  Real food is food that enhances the soul, our central sun, our melanin, our carbon, fruits, vegetables, grains this is the real soul food” -Dr Sebi

If you’ve read a few of my blogs you can tell I am very invested in health.   I stopped eating meat years ago, I only eat seafood from time to time but I am working on moving towards being vegetarian/ vegan full time.  Since people are always asking me for advice on what to eat to lose weight or get healthier, my best friend Rachelle, my cousin Geraldyn, and I decided it would be a great idea to host a women’s Health Brunch.

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