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Gratitude: Thanks Mom

 

Our First Mother-Daughter Weekend Get-Away

    When I was little and my Mom would come home just beat from work , I would see in her eyes just how tied she was and I would promise “ When I grow up, I’m going to buy you a limousine and have someone drive you around in it so you can rest Mommy.” She’d just smile, hug me tight and say “Thank You Baby”. It was in those moments that I could see how hard she was trying, first as a Single Mom in the Army, then as an Active-Duty Army Wife & Mother-of-Two, and the on to be a Veteran Wife & Mother recovering from brain aneurisms.

My Mother has always been there, even through the growing pains, she was always there to support me; band competitions, volleyball games, dance recitals, crazy life decisions, horrible break-ups, and ALL OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (whether physically or in spirit). She’s always been THAT Mom; the one who is available to talk not only on the maternal level but also a friendship one.

Over the years I believe I’ve grown wiser and more mature and come to the realization that honoring our loved one’s while they are still with us is much easier on the heart than having the feeling of regret for best intentions set. To me it’s all about GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION as we travel this JOURNEY of life TOGETHER.

Mommy has always wanted to go on a cruise, but timing and capital haven’t always been on her side. While initially taking her on a cruise would have been ideal, timing really isn’t on my side either. So, I decided to do the next best thing, I planned a weekend getaway for the two of us. While the promise may have been a limo when I was younger, but that’s not even cost effective or environment-friendly these days.

Planning this trip has been so exciting, from finding an AMAZING location to ensuring Mommy had her passport updated (somebody let their previous one expire).

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 I have been able to keep the location a secret from her and only gave a hint that it’s in the Caribbean. I made sure we both have our swimsuits and great chillax gear, I’ve set up a few SPA Surprises, and can’t wait to see her face when we get to the airport. It means so much to me to be able to provide my Mom with such a gift of love and appreciation.

It’s high time for my Mom to relax on the beach, even if that means she brings her boyfriend, KIN’ along (Her KINDLE FIRE). I’m looking forward to her smiles, jokes, and well-rested spirit.

Well enough about me, I would love to hear from you. How do you show gratitude and appreciation for your loved ones? Do you have any upcoming vacation plans that include honoring loved ones?

Sip n Paint!

So we’ve pretty much established that one of my goals has been to get out and about more in our Nation’s Capitol. A fellow blogger and friend talked me into doing an event that I found not only intriguing but also right up my alley, it’s called Sipping and Painting. Yes, that’s right, Sip n Paint, I’ll give you a moment to appreciate that………..:-)

Three of us had planned to go to this event back in November before my birthday, but as we all know, life often times dictates our schedule so only two of us, Jazzy and myself were able to go, but don’t worry the other friend (yes you Nae Carter) was not let off the hook.

🙂 I digress.

The information I found about the event was pretty awesome, you pay a small fee to paint and drink wine. Jazz and I went on December 20th, and quite honestly I was afraid it would be packed and we would be mandated to paint something outlandishly holiday-ish. I’m no Scrooge, but after being at work all day…I really just wanted to cut loose and be silly. It kinda sorta went like that…

I arrived at 918 F Street a lil early, being that it’s about a 10 min walk from where I work. Jazz met me there and we waited around for the event to start. As the living social employees set up we chit-chatted about our holiday plans. Once we stepped into the room where the easels were, I began to get a lil intimidated. I saw the picture they expected us to paint and believe me, it was not gonna go down the way they thought…lol. I was definitely going to need that glass of wine, Jazzy laughed and said don’t worry about it, if anything, I could always paint whatever I wanted, I leaned over and asked if that was allowed.

Jazzy's doin her own thing!

Jazzy’s doin her own thing!

As the instructor began to tell us what colors to use and what techniques of shading; I realized it had been a long time since I had been in an art class, long as in almost 20 years (elementary school). So first off I had a hard time seeing from my position in the back; which by the way was not a complaint because I didn’t have to worry about everyone staring at the blob of paint on my canvas. Secondly, because I couldn’t really see the instructors picture from my position, I felt I had to concentrate even harder on making my canvas look like something that resembled the the photo in front of me, and took no more than 3 sips of my Chardonnay.

I'm in deep thought, I'm not sure if my painting even remotely resembles the picture posted about of if it just looks like a green blob of paint.

I’m in deep thought, I’m not sure if my painting even remotely resembles the picture posted about of if it just looks like a green blob of paint.

Jazzy just smiled and told me to relax, and if it didn’t come out right I could just buy the instructor’s painting when we were done…Easy for her to say she decided to go off the beaten path and paint some awesome Tulips! After a few more sips of wine and some encouragement I realized canvas wasn’t too crazy looking after all. By the time Jazzy and I left to catch the Metro  I was totally in love with my work of art.

Full of energy and smiles, see my work of art!

Full of energy and smiles, see my work of art!

By the time I got home, I was full of excitement and rambling on and on to my room mate about how much fun I had, how she would have to go the next time, and how we had our first piece of artwork for the apartment. My room mate just smiled and laughed, but agreed she would definitely have to go the next time.

I’d like to Thank Jazzy Jones and the Living Social Staff of 918 F Street for encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone and enjoy myself a bit.

Here’s the final photo:

My Castle!

If you’re interested in a Sipping and Painting event or any other event through Living Social check out their website : https://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1-washington-d-c

Event for a cause

If you live in the DMV area and want to attend an awesome event for a cause, come down to Maisie Dunbar Spa and Lounge. Please see the attached flyer for specific details.

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It’s Saturday!

It’s Saturday!

Most people normally sleep in and chill all day…not me! I’ve been up since 7:00 am, ok more like 4:30 am and just wished I was asleep, but I’m excited because someone who I admire a GREAT DEAL invited me to an event.

Want to know who it is?

Well if you live in Silver Spring, Maryland or the Washington, D.C. area, like I do then it’s really hard to not know who Maisie Dunbar is; first off she’s the owner of Maisie Dunbar Spa & Lounge, she’s also a Celebrity Nail & Body Therapist, but that’s not it. Ms. Maisie is also the creator and owner of BluffaJo cosmetics. She stays pretty busy and is almost always on the go, just listening to her schedule makes me dizzy some days. Talking with Ms. Maisie, her friends, associates, and clients makes me realize that being positive, having a good work ethic, desire, determination, and drive are all key ingredients for success.

Don’t worry there’s so much more I want to and can say but that’ll come from her interview!

 Be Safe and remember to Smile Today!!!