Aug 13, 2016

20 More Item Ideas for Your Blessing Bags

Hello, peeps!

So a while back, I crossed an item off my list: #50 Hand out blessing bags to the homeless. It was an awesome experience! I went with my best girl friend, Jamecia, and we spent the day out looking for some people to help out. It was a really successful day, and at the end of it we took the rest of the bags to a local shelter.

Well, I put together a list of 10 items to include in the blessing bags that you hand out. Check out that article here: . I have compiled a list of 20 More Items to Include in the Bag.

Edible Items:

    • beef jerky
    • dried fruit
    • granola bars
    • chewing gum
    • canned/bottled juice
    • tea bags
    • canned soup
    • trail mix/raisins
    • tuna/crackers
    • apple sauce
Hygiene Items:
    • facial wipes
    • comb
    • Q Tips
    • warm socks (usually for winter months)
    • floss
    • sunscreen
    • razors (unisex razors)
    • shampoo/conditioner
    • hand lotion
    • soap
  • tampons/pads (for women)

And that's all! Well, at least for now. When I go out, I typically ask if there's anything else that they could really use. The list keeps growing, so there may be a follow up post of even more items to include in the blessing bags series! I'll keep you posted if you keep coming back! Until next time, stay inspired peeps!

Leave me a comment below, or if you just wanna say hi, or if you have any suggestions to add to the list here! Thanks!

Steps to Creating Your Family Yearbook... And How to Play Catch-Up

Click the attached link in case you missed my article #37 Create a Family Yearbook, and take a look!

Creating a family yearbook is one of the best ways to preserve memories and it makes an awesome gift for friends and family; you will begin to build an amazing library as well. Not many people have a customized library of family photos!

I make one of these every year around the last week of December. They're a huge hit with my family and I'm sure your family will love them as well. Here are 5 easy steps to creating a family yearbook, which I predict will become the first of many:

Step 1: To Print or Not to Print: First things first, decide what type of book you want to make. You can print out your images and put them in a photo album, or you can have a printing company publish them on the pages of a customized book. Having a company print your album is usually the least expensive alternative and less hassle due the fact that the images are printed on the pages, so you don't have to pay for the prints and the album to put them in.

Step 2: Gather all the Photos You Plan to Store: Next, you need to gather all of your photos you plan to put in the yearbook. If this includes hard copies, you'll want to scan these images and add them to the collection of photos on your desktop/laptop. Again, if you are going to print them out, gather them and move them to an external drive.

Step 3: Separate by Year: Now, you will definitely want to create a digital folder for each year. If you have less than 50 images for that year, you may not need to separate the photos by year. You should be able to combine all the photos and put them into one book. If you're like me, and you have accumulated photos over the past 16 years, you'll definitely want to break everything down by year:

Step 4: Separate in SubFolders: Now that you've gotten your photos separated by year, its time to order them by sub categories. There are a few ways to do this. You can order the photos by month:

by EVENTS (i.e., Birthday Party, Saturday Outing, Baby Shower... for example)

or by GENRE: ( This one I use because I am a nature photographer as well. I separate the photos according to the genre they belong in (for example: birds, clouds, flowers, etc)

Step 5: Back Up Your Work: This is a good time to stop and back up your photos. If you are backing them up to an external hard drive, you should be able to keep all the photos in the folders you created. If you back up your photos online, they may be saved by the date the photos were taken or the date you uploaded them. You can check out my post " " for more information on backup options.

Step 6: Again... To Print or Not to Print: Finally, you have everything sorted, and it's time to create your book. Again, if you want to print them out and put them in a photo album, head to your local printing kiosk, places like Walmart and WalGreens. If you want to have a custom album printed, I would suggest any one of the following:

      • My Publisher (My favorite printing company is MyPublisher. The program is very user friendly, the albums are very well done, and it's all really affordable)
      • Snapfish 
      • Shutterfly

Well, there you have it. I hope this article is helpful to you in building your family library! Let me know how it works out for you.

Did I leave anything out? Do you have any other suggestions? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below! (Or if you want to say hi, you can do that too! :)

Aug 11, 2016

Why I Watched the Entire Sex and the City series... and You Should too

This series and these characters really helped me put a lot of things into perspective. It's jammed packed with scenarios and sayings that can be applied to everyday life. I especially love when the character, Stanford, tells Carrie to stop "... rationalizing away the red flags" when she's making excuses for the bad guy she's considering a relationship with. My absolute favorite is when Samantha says, "You can't swing a fendi purse without knocking over 5 losers. Where did all the great guys go?" Genius!

“You can’t swing a Fendi purse without knocking over 5 losers. Where did all the great guys go?”

There are 6 reasons why I think you should watch the series, or at least most of them.

#1 - The Home girl Image: There are too many shows on television, both reality and not, that picture women fighting 'tooth and nail'. When they do work together, it's usually because they each had a hand in a murder and now have to work together to hide a body. Well, this series takes you back to a time when women were all for uplifting each other and sticking together. I love it when Charlotte suggests, "...Maybe we can be each other's soul mates..."

#2 - Dating Lessons You Learn: I don't know about anyone else, but you can't watch the minimum number of episodes without realizing that you have experienced at least one of the dating scenarios. I can relate to a lot of them! The good thing is, not only do they show these dating scenarios, but they are followed by very important lessons. Lessons that teach you about yourself and others.

#3 - Watch out for the 'Red Flags': Remember earlier when I mentioned 'red flags'. For the sake of those who are not familiar with the term, a 'red flag' is a term for little behavioral clues that people give you. Whether it's strange things they say or do, or things that they should do that they don't. It's usually a tale tell sign of something bad that's coming. Well, this show is packed with lessons and red flags. Which brings me conveniently to the next point.

#4 - Deal Breakers 101: There are things that change the way you see the person you're involved with: these things are deal breakers. Refusing to commit, meet your parents, hiding details about their lives: all deal breakers and red flags! This is one of the main reasons why I love watching this show. In a nut shell, I learned what I will and will NOT tolerate when dating.

#5 - What Is Your Fashion Style: This show is a good way to help you find your fashion style. While you may not want to own the outrageous ensembles worn on the fashion runway, and you may not love the over-the-top outfits that Carrie dresses in, but you will get enough ideas of what can be paired and styled together. Keep your eyes peeled for pieces that you can use to create your signature look.


So that's it for now! Not only was I able to cross another item off my list (#223, by the way...), but I hope I was able to motivate you to check out this awesome series. I learned a lot about myself, life, and most importantly, the value of friendship.

Don't forget to leave comments and suggestions below! I would love to hear from you!