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“When The Time Is Right”

Ahhh, as we brainstorm and plan our future the phrase “when the time is right” is a huge aspect of the plan.  But, what do we mean by “when the time is right?” This phrase tends to appear often when talks of marriage, home buying, going back to school, or having a child is the headliner of the conversation.

But what do we really mean by “when the time is right?” How do you know when the time is right? Will the time ever be right? Or, are we using the phrase to mask our fears of commitment, investment, or failure.  Will the time ever be truly right? We can plan life down to the second, but how often do we find our self, modifying the initial plan because “life happens.” Life does not go as plan for the majority of us and we roll with the punches and keep moving.

Practice What You Preach

When my husband and I discuss starting a family we find ourselves sticking the phrase “when the time is right.” For me and this may apply to others, but the time will never be right for me.  It will always be more schooling that needs to be done, more investments need to be made, more sick leave days needed to be saved, and more travelling that needs to be done.  But, is that the root of the issue or just a cover up?

After some serious self-reflection, I realize it’s a cover up.  Am I ready now? No! Will I be ready 6 months from now? No! Will I be ready two years from now? No! So I’ve shifted my thoughts from “when the time is right” to “preparing.” Before any major life milestone, you prepare whether it’s mentally, emotionally, physically, or financially you prepare.  That preparation helps easy the fear of failure or disappointment.  It provides a sense of confidence and add pure joy when the goal is accomplished.

Mind Over Matter

The fear of failure keeps us from playing the game.  It enables us to provide acceptable excuses, and procrastinate on enjoying the wonders on life.  Life is too short for you to wait on “when the time is right” because, when the perfect time comes, fear has blinded you.  This is a lesson I’m still learning and will continue to learn.  Fear is the epitome of evil.

Just a little Friday Eve encouragement !

 

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Food

The Underwood’s Blueberry Muffins

I’m back!! I know I’ve been slacking.  I was finishing up grad school and with finals, my practicum, and a new part time job life has been crazy.  But, no worries I won’t let it happen again.

Now that school is over, I tend to cook and bake A LOT more.  I like to have little treats in the house to munch on and we have a terrible sweet tooth.  I’m also a teacher so anything that is simple and easy to pack for lunch or snack throughout my workday is a must.

This week to kill two birds with one stone (breakfast for the morning, and a sweet tooth fix), I mixed up a batch of blueberry muffins. This can be deadly in our house.  For some reason, my husband will eat 2-3 per day.  Which puts me mixing up more before the week is over with. They never last long in our house.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of blueberries

Let’s Get Busy

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.  I’ve noticed lately when baking at 350.  The middle tends to under bake compared to baking on 375.
  2. I spray my pan lightly with Bakers Joy.  You can find it in the baking isle next to the other non stick sprays.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine  your sugar, oil, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla.  Mix until full combined.
  4. Next, add the flour, baking powder and salt.  I place it all on the wet ingredients to eliminate the extra dish.
  5. Now, mix until the wet and dry combines! BE CAREFUL not to over mix.  You may have some lumps it’s ok.  I tell myself about a good 10-12 “swirls”
  6. Now add your sour cream.  (additional 5-8 swirls)
  7. Finally, add your blueberries.  Be sure to wash and dry them.  When adding them to your batter no need to mix just fold the batter over the blueberries.  It’s completely ok to have some not covered in batter.

Time To Fill

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  1. I use an ice cream scooper and a regular cupcake pan.
  2. Fill your sections to the top to get that good muffin shape
  3. Bake on 375 for 20-25 minutes
  4. Make sure the center of your muffins are cooked through by checking with a toothpick
  5. Finally, ENJOY!!!

 

Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we can also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your favorite cookie recipes.

 

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Crafts

Mothers Day Crafts

A simple “Happy Mother’s Day” gift….that goes a long way!

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Over the weekend, I had my beautiful step-daughter staying for the weekend, and I needed something cool to do.  She is a growing up so fast.  She is  6 years old, active, intelligent, and enjoys learning new crafts and projects! She is a bright and beautiful young lady and I can’t believe how polite and well-manner she has become (tear). Okay enough sentimental stuff, lets get down to making crafts.

Well, my mom suggested I make something for her mother for mother’s day…a good way to get her to learn a new craft, its in-expensive, and very personable from her daughter. I was going through Pinterest ( the mother ship ), and saw the mason jar crafts the whole world is going crazy over for weddings, and showers.  I thought, how cute would “flowers, cards, and candies” would be!?! When I asked her what she thought, she jumped with excitement like I told her we were going to Disneyland 🙂 I felt honored my idea was cool enough for a 6 year old going on 16 …”cool step-mom” award?? HA! not yet, maybe when she’s older lol. Anywho, I gathered some Ideas and tried to come up with a shopping idea.

Let’s Get Started 

We got all our things from Michael’s & A.C. Moore ( I know yall seen the coupons )…. one item per person/ per day/ per transaction ! I got a couple mason jars, glitter, glue, flowers, and some candy from her easter basket we failed to put together last minute. ( If your reading this in the future *L,bug….we love you lol) I think she honestly just enjoyed the bonding time and the goal set in her mind that she was doing something special for her mother.

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We came home and I actually gave her another project to do. (Lets be real, children+glitter+hardwood floor= not in my house lol)2  While I glittered-fied the mason jars, I also traced her hand, flower pot, leaves, stems, and flowers to paste on the card and write a love message to her mother. Kept her busy for the time being and it was a sentimental present for her #1 fan, her mother.

The Finished Product

It turned out beautiful, I was thinking about going to get me a couple more jars for my own house…..but I digress, its the thought that counts and the good gesture that’s worth the satisfaction in the long run. Found an old birthday bag and put it all in one. I had M&M’s stashed away so my boyfriend wouldn’t devour them, and put them in the jar as “the planting seeds”. The M&M’s were pink, blue, yellow….well pastel colors, and the flowers were hand picked from Michaels, by the princess! She thought her mother would love them! I believe she did.

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How was your Mother’s Day? Any awesome craft ideas that can also be used for Fathers Day? Leave a comment below and let us know.  Track us on Twitter (jadeandrikki) and Instagram (jade.rikki). 

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Five Companies Who Provide Better Customer Service on Twitter Than By Phone

Ahhh Twitter has been known to be the platform for celebrity interactions, company advertisement, and a outlet for consumers to vent their frustrations.  I’ve been off Twitter for a while, and recently reconnected with it when we launched our blog.  It’s been interesting to say the least seeing the responses paired with the quality of service major companies provide via Twitter.

Verizon-Fios

One day, I started venting about how  Verizon Fios channel packages are and how much I hate that they do not provide a basic line up.  Personally, the way they structure their packages is nothing spectacular either.  I had to sacrifice my Lifetime, Oxygen, and Entertainment channels so my husband can receive his sports channels. So what happened when I vented my frustrations via Twitter….

The initial interaction with Verizon sparked my curiosity.  So any issue that came up over the last few weeks I turned to Twitter to get answers and the results….WOW! I received some of the best customer service ever.    The reply time was quick, the problem solved within minutes and some of the most friendliest people ever!

Snapchat

My Snapchat was down one morning and it went down in the middle of a good Snapchat story series.  If that has ever happened to you, then you know how horrific that can be.  So, what happens when you contact Snapchat via Twitter? They troubleshoot for you in less than 5 minutes.

 

Turbo Tax

As the saga continues, I tried out the trend with Turbo Tax.  I waited until the first of April to file our taxes (I know I’m a procrastinator)  and calling for issues had me sitting on hold for 45 minutes.  When I tweeted about it guess what?  The issue was resolved in 10 minutes. FullSizeRender (60)

Papa John’s 

Just this weekend the Papa Johns close to our apartment were displaying what not to do to a customer.  This is by far the worst experience I have ever had from any type of restaurant.  They locked the door early, ignored us knocking, we called and they pick up and immediately put us on hold as we were standing outside looking at them (right, that face you are making was my face for the rest of the night). Guess who tweeted about it? Yep, me and I received a response via Twitter the next morning and a phone call from the area manager.

I have to give credit where credit is due, the phone called I received from the Area Manager was one of the most genuine apology you will ever receive from a manager.  He reviewed the cameras and confirmed everything I had noted.  He sounded so disappointed for their actions and genuinely wanted me to give them another shot. He called on a Sunday afternoon when most people would wait until Monday mid-day in hopes of catching the voicemail.  I was blown away. So yeah, Papa Johns will get my pennies once again.  FullSizeRender (58)

Crate & Barrel

Last but not least, Crate and Barrel.  I love this overpriced company but geez, if you have ever ordered anything from them, then you know their back orders take FOREVER. By, the time they are filled you have falling in love with a completely different style or item.  Personally, I think they need to eliminate the whole back orders shenanigans.  The table mats I ordered in February had not arrived by the end April.  I was on hold for about 20 minutes and was growing impatient.  Like always, I took to Twitter, provided them my order number and they squared me away and sent me a confirmation email.  No phone, no waiting, just request and it was done.FullSizeRender (59)

What are your thoughts on customer service via Twitter? Have you encountered any issues and contacted the company via Twitter.  I wanted to hear your thoughts.  Leave a comment below or you can always tweet us (@jadeandrikki). Happy Tuesday readers!

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Small Business Saturday

Fave Etsy Shops

I’m all for shopping small.  Why give your hard earned money to corporations where the CEO’s make more money than some of us will see in a lifetime.  I come from a business orientated family.  My parents is into real estate, my grandparents owned a funeral home, and my aunt has a restaurant.

When I first got engaged, I found a new love for Etsy.  I could get things personalized and it always added unique out the box touches.  Below are my favorite Etsy shops. You can find ANYTHING on Etsy and can browse the different shops for the best prices. The list is in no particular order and this post is NOT sponsored.  Enjoy.

BabeeButtercup

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Ms. Suzette customer service is AMAZING! We had a lost package.  She contacted the post office and replace the item.  It’s an awesome shop if you are searching for the perfect baby shower gift.  I love how she makes the little knick knacks that we forget about.  Paci clips, door silencer, etc.

SweetDaisyDecor

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Handcrafted wood items! In the age where Farmhouse decor is in this is the place to buy those finishing touch items.  We purchased the stained pallet wine race in the color slate (pale grey).  It came out beautiful.  We get lots of compliments on it.  The quality is amazing, no assembly required, and the drilling instructions come with it along with the nails.

HollysPinkBarn

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I ordered robes for my bridal party and they came out amazing.  They were good quality waffle robes and the monograms on them were flawless. Along with the great product the shipping was fast.  My bridal party still send me SnapChats of them rocking their robes. It’s been over a year and they still look fresh.

LittleVys

All the way in California slaying custom ties and bowties for the men.  I had to add something here for the men.  We order my husband bowtie for the wedding from here. They also do the cutest bowtie options for babies and toddlers along with the cutest father son combos.

Let us know some of your favorite Etsy shops or small business stores. I would love to give them a try.  Leave the names below, tweet us @jadeandrikki, or Instagram @jade.rikki.  Shoot us an email if you would like a small business feature.  We would love to partner with you.

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World News

Harriet Tubman On The Twenty

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Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who helped rescue slaves, in the late 1800s.

My husband is a history junkie.  His undergrad and graduate degree are both in history.  When the news broke this week about Harriet Tubman taking over the twenty dollar bill, of course we had to discuss it! That’s one of our things, debating and discussing hot topics in the news.  He sends me daily articles and it keeps me in the loop and on my toes.  He’s also been blessed with an opportunity at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Right up his alley!

His thoughts on the Harriet Tubman topic was intriguing so I wanted to share. Below are his thoughts….

“Interesting enough the iconic figure Harriet Tubman will now grace the face of the updated $20. Some may say we have come a long way, but others may beg to differ. Historians have come forth outlying the irony of placing Tubman on the twenty dollar bill along with former slave owner Andrew Jackson. Jackson who himself owned slaves, and has a etched legacy in American Society. From my perspective this paints a poor picture of the way we should honor this beacon of freedom. Furthermore, isn’t it even more ironic that this ruling is released in the midst of the ongoing presidential debate. 

What I find most captivating ill of all the monetary sums in American society, there are still present  remnants of the once “peculiar institution” as it was then known. For example, take a look at the back of the five cent piece (the nickel), and you would see Monticello, the home of George Washington. The plantation site that its owner, the 1st President of the United States actively participating in the institution of slavery. 

Is this progress? When blacks have the most spending power in this country yet own next to nothing in our own communities. I personally do not think this it is progress, possibly something that is well overdue. Will we see the same thing happen to the $20 dollar bill as we saw with the Susan B. Anthony coin? Only time will tell. –JaMarcus Underwood

Wow! What are your thoughts? Is it a honest step forward? A political move? A peace offering? Tweet us your thoughts (@jade.rikki) or leave a comment below.  Hold on to the old twenties because they will be worth some serious money one day.
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Date Night

A Day At Boordy Vineyards

If you haven’t noticed by now, the love I have for wine is out of this world. Now, I call myself fancy and desire a nice cheese board to pair with it (our National Drink Wine Day post has a great cheeseboard option). I’m rubbing off on my husband, because he is officially a wino with me.

We are red wine drinkers.  Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Malbec are staples around the house.  One of my anniversary treats from JaMarcus was a trip to a local vineyard, which included a tasting of over 15 wines and a tour  with a very informative tour guide.  It was amazing.  I’ve been to an winery before, but that was before I fell in love with the art of wine.

Boordy Vineyard is a HUGE vineyard tucked away on the outskirts of Baltimore.  It is located in Hydes, Maryland and the grounds are immaculate.  For $17 we were able to try a wide variety of wines and take home a souvenir glass. What I love about wine tasting is the educational part (clearly I’m a teacher). To learn the process on how to make wine, obtain a certain flavor, or achieve particular body amazes me and boy does the employees at Boordy know their stuff.

 

We actually fell in love with Boordy wine at our local Farmers Market (another deadly addiction for me).  They had a booth there, we stop for the free samples and walked away with a bottle (that’s how they always get me).  All the wine we sample that day were light body and even the reds had a sweet taste to them.  We had talked about it for a few days then let it go.  When we started brainstorming anniversary plans, JaMarcus mentioned it again and it was definitely a must.

When we walked into the tasting room, I was surprise to see quite a crowd.  There were about eight others in our tasting, and there was another group in the room participating in a tasting also.  The traffic coming in and out was also shocking.  We looked at each other and realized we stumbled upon a “hot” spot.

 

The first half of our tasting we were able to sample all nine Landmark wines.  I love when they provide a sheet detailing the wines because I like to take notes. When I take notes I rank them, note what I don’t like so in the future, we don’t make the awful mistake of buying a bottle we don’t really prefer.

After, we made our way down the list and finished the tasting, they invited you up to the sitting area where you could enjoy a bottle of wine you purchased, or do an extended wine tasting.  Who could say NO to more wine? It was only an additional $2 dollars which made the offer even more appealing.

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At the second tasting, we were able to try five additional wines.  The sweet lady in the photo provided us with some serious knowledge.  She took her time during the tasting and just made us fall in love with the place even more.  During our conversation with her, she informed us that they have a host of events during the summer.  Live bands, karaoke, and they even have a food truck on the property.  Not only do they have a variety of events, they also allow you to bring food into the vineyard.  You are allowed to have a picnic out there (I’m sold).  I wish I would have known that before we came, we would have loaded up!

After we went through all the wine tastings, we purchased a bottle of wine and sat down to enjoy the vibe.  We started on the outside, then shifted to the inside. It was the perfect kick off to our anniversary weekend.

For all of my wine connoisseurs, this is a must add to your vineyard bucket list.  Pack a picnic or a nice cheese board and enjoy.  You have to do the full wine tasting, it’s worth it!

Boordy Vineyards 

Address:12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Maryland 21082 USA

Located in Baltimore County, 8 miles northeast of the Baltimore beltway (I-695) exits 29 or 31, and a thirty minute drive from downtown Baltimore. Boordy is 50 miles from Washington D.C.; 90 miles from Philadelphia, PA; and 45 miles from Annapolis, MD.

Leave a comment and let me know what vineyards I should add to my bucket list.  Follow us on Twitter @jadeandrikki to keep up with all the content we are working on for you guys.  We are also on Instagram (@jade.rikki) where you can see the world through our eyes.

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Product Reviews

3 Wash & Go Must Haves

Oh the joys of being natural.  I’ve only been natural of 2 years and about a year and three months of that was me transitioning.  In the last three months, my wash and go’s are a success and I’m loving it. If you are natural then you know the pure excitement that bring after your transition.

The famous wash and go was one of the reason why  I went natural.  The convenience and true natural state is what I desired. Of course, as a newly found natural I’m still in my over extended product junkie phase.  It’s just so many options out there and I love comparing the curl definition each one offer.

Ranked in order my top three wash and go products are:

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Shea Moisture Curl Gel Souffle

I love this product.  My biggest tip is use a SMALLLLLL amount. It’s a very thick and rich product, caking it on weighs my hair down and make it feel so greasy. It will also flake if you use too much. The saying “dime size” remains true when using it. This product allows my wash and go’s to last at least five days which works out perfect for the work week.  This product also work well 4a, 4b, or 4c products.

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Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel

We all know this is a must have for any curly girl collection.  I love how light weight it is and it dries quickly and clear.  It’s perfect for the wash and go during the summer months.  I also prefer it on the long pool days during the summer because, the olive oil based product it’s an added protection from the chlorine. The Eco Styler also helps combat some of my frizz so that’s always a win. This product normally allows my wash and go’s to last 3-4 days which is perfect for someone who wants to switch it up towards the end of the week.

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Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream

I love the whole Curls collection.  The only thing I hate about the line is the price point which is why it ranked number three.  It’s on the higher end but it’s worth it.  The products smell so good and the curl definition it provides has no comparison.  My friends that have 4a , 4b, or 4c hair is not a fan of this line.

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite wash and go products.  Follow us on Twitter @jadeandrikki to keep up with all the content we are working on for you guys.  We are also on Instagram (@jade.rikki) where you can see the world through our eyes.  Happy Friday!

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Food

Chicken Pineapple Bowls

Good Morning Readers 🙂 I hope all is well with you lovely folks. I have been slacking on my macking with my part of the blog and I sincerely apologize 😦 . No excuses right!!!!

Okay lets get right to it…..

Recently on my Facebook feed, I stumbled across an old high school friend’s recipe that she uses for her business.  She makes lunch and dinner plates for delivery in the Bay Area ( Oakland & San Francisco ) area as well as catering for private parties. One plate that stood out to me the most is her “Pineapple Chicken Bowl”.  I thought the presentation of the bowl was phenomenal and wanted to try it myself.

*Disclaimer*

In no means do I intend to take business away from her, nor do I plan to call it an original of my own,

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How intriguing does this plate look? Looks pretty 5-star to me, and I was up for the challenge. I started out trying to figure out what kind of plate I wanted for myself and then customize it. I hopped on Pinterest for a few “Mandarin/Orange/Sweet&Sour” chicken, and went with the easiest one to create. Of course, I’m a huge fan of sauteed onions, zucchini, squash and garlic, so I had to include those. They are my go-to veggies to sauteed with a meal and my true “ride or die” to tastes delicious with all my meals.  I finished it off with a simple white rice but I’m sure if you have the time, you can fry it as well.

The Star of this recipe is the “Cut Pineapple Bowl”. The presentation of the meal is immaculate and a huge crowd pleaser. I will not reveal all of the 5 different recipes I created into my own (that’s for another blog one day), but I will at least tell you how I got there, so you can be creative on your own.

Let’s Get Started

First thing: I used one whole pineapple. Split it in half ( which is easy but please be careful, I used the biggest knife I had and I was a little intimidated, so I went slow)  Once cut in half, I scooped out the filling and saved the chunks of pineapple for my fruit smoothies.  Scooping out was entirely harder than I thought, and the pictures on pinterest made it look like CAKE ( SIKE!!!!!)  I cut around the body but on the inside, to make it easier and used a spoon to get out the chunks. You can slice part of it to make the chunks smaller and a “smarter” transition, but it took me forever to figure that brilliant idea out. *See Picture below* Once you’ve scooped most of the core out, there will be juice inside of it floating at the bottom.  I chose to leave some juice inside just for flavor for the chicken and rice. **((Boo-Thang, said it helped with the chicken but couldn’t taste it for the rice…my sweetie always has an opinion, gotta love him))**

I put that aside and started on the rice, since that takes the longest.  Used the basic white rice, threw them in a pot, boiled in water and let it simmer until the water was absorbed.  I proceeded to cut my veggies, onions, garlic and such and started sauteeing them. Once they were cooked to my liking, I added the chicken thighs.Sliced and Diced into bite size pieces, seasoned the hell out of them, and cooked them thoroughly until brown.

Mixed the veggies in with the chicken and …… here is where i CHEATED (yes cheated, don’t judge me).  I found “Panda Express” sauces at Kroger and couldn’t resist the urge of using that instead of homemade teriyaki sauce (not this tired girl )! Smothered the meat and vegetables and let it simmer a bit.

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Once the rice was complete, I orchestrated how I wanted the bowl to look, and WOW! It was just to pretty to eat, but I DEF ate it !!!!

Please if you are ever in the Bay Area and want to try it from a true professional, order from her, or check out her facebook page for other delicious meals she creates!!!! She is a true chef and an amazing friend who enjoys what she does…..

Her Facebook: @Princess Sofia

Catering Buisness: SugarRush Baking Company ( which can also be found on facebook as well)

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A Thank You To Our Supporters

 

WOW, is all we can say.  We first launched our blog on Valentines day (2-14-16) and never imagined so many people would be interested in our “Simple Life.” We discussed for years about starting a blog.  When Jade left for law enforcement training it gave me ideal time to start planning (serious bestie withdrawals).  We also have goals each year that we discuss and launching the blog was the deal for 2016!

We have been nominated for the Liebster Award twice from MyCrazyAshLife and Jay Colby (head over and check out their amazing blogs), we have surpassed our initial goal of 100 followers and doubled it. As of today we have 213  amazingly supportive readers.  Remember to subscribe so you don’t miss a beat 🙂

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Top Ten Things About Jade:

1) A True California girl

*San Diego by way of Point Loma ( Go Pointers ) and Bay Area for my high school years! California is my home and like anyone, we all have a special spot in our hearts for our home, mine just happens to be the great Sunshine State.  California is my safe haven and maybe one day I can call it home again.

2) Pinterest Fanatic if you couldn’t guess it by now!

* I don’t know who invented this creation but shame on them for making it as addicting as ever.  There’s not one day I go without looking through the Pinterest App on my phone.  It’s exciting just to see the new pins every page I go on. I do however only go on ( Foods, Travel, Weddings, DIY, and home decor) everything….”gets NO LOVE”, but the search engine is the million dollar trade. I can look up sickness symptoms, housewarming gifts for co-workers, and the list just goes on and on. Whoever you are out there, BLESS YOU!

3) Secret Crushes on Michael B. Jordan & Trey Burke

*Lets just say…”Have you seen these two gentlemen”? Let me just remind you of them…lol I think ultimately I have a crush on Michael B. Jordan because he looks like my hunny boo. Why else right? And Trey? ha, he got lucky to be on my list …. ( just don’t tell him)

4) Obsessed with Cooking Shows/New Recipes

*From Pioneer Woman to the new Tia Mowry on the cooking show, I love them all. I have taken so many recipes from each show on the channel and just used it for references. I don’t make their main courses too much but they definitely inspire other dishes I like. Something about cooking just makes the world a happy place; and for me its fulfilling!

5) Absolutely hates working out

*I haven’t been hit by the workout bug, and I don’t foresee it anytime soon. I wish there was a magic spell to cast upon me and I will wake up and run 3 miles a day with ease. But the reality of it is, I hate it!!! I played college volleyball all 4 years and you would think it came natural to me? Ha, try again. NOPE!

6) New found love for gardening & plants (but hate bugs )

*Buying this house with my BF has opened my eyes to new adventures, one being Gardening! I haven’t started it yet ( HAHA ) but I have been researching on it a lot lately. Rikki, did her own strawberry garden and I’ve been wanting to do it for the longest now.  I don’t eat much strawberries but I would love to get started on other veggies soon.  I don’t like bees or bugs but I guess that something I’ll have to get over! Any advice or blogs please leave them in the comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7) Bargain shopper, I never pay full price for ANYTHING

*Thank my beautiful mother who passed this obsession on to me. When I say we pay for NOTHING full price, we don’t but I mean with the basics of life, not things that can’t be “discounted”.  [ I promise to make a blog about this very subject ] . Shopping Apps, coupons, discount stores like TJ MAXX, and email promotions are my addictions to saving a few dollars here and there.

8) My first concert: Britney Spears

*Yup! In the 6th grade; 2 friends and her mother carried us to the “Oops! I did it again” concert and it was a blast!  I was the epitome of 90’s Pop Culture and it only got worse after that! From Usher, to B2K all in high school….I thought I was the Shhhhhhhhhh! I miss going to concerts, If I could choose to go to any concert being that I’m 26 now, I would choose a Trey Songz or an old school mix, how amazing would that be? Rikki and I need to go to a Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood….its on our Best Friends Bucket List!

9) Adores all animals, some more than others!

*My new favorite pet I would love to have but I know Mr. Man would have a heart attack over is; A piglet !! Those little boogers are the cutest things were their small, but they grow fast and living in the suburbs with HOA’s, I don’t think that will fly, but I guess being in the country this long, you love animals.

10) I have the best boyfriend ever….soon to be Mrs. Summerville

* You know I couldn’t go one whole post with out mentioning my boo thang. And its True, we really bring out the best in each other, I’m lucky to have him ( as well as he is lucky to have me ) but I’m blessed to have a beautiful relationship with this man, drama-free, and trying to make the most out of this world God created for us. We are always wanting the next best thing in life, education and career and won’t settle for less!

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Top 5 Things About Rikki:

  • I love technology!
    • Apple products are necessities in life. Anything dealing with technology, I love to read and research about.  I’m also a trial and error type of learner, so technology provides you with the ability to explore with minimal damage.  I work in the instructional design field so I love to be ahead of the game when it comes to new emerging tech tools that are coming out.
  • Youtube is amazinggggg!
  • 90% of the time I “Shop Small”
    • I come from a business oriented family.  I love to shop small and support the “little man.” My favorite site to find some awesome shops is Etsy!  If you have never been on this site you are losing in life.  From home decor, fashion, gifts, and little knick knacks. Below are some of my favorite shops.    Soon we are going to start featuring them with a “Small Business Saturday” section!
  • Cooking is Therapeutic
    • As you see, Jade and I love to cook.  I think I converted her to an at home chef when we were roommates in college.  I love to watch Chopped, Cupcake Wars, and Hell’s Kitchen.  They always think out the box and I love it.  Growing up my Ma ALWAYS cooked.  My first frozen dinner experience happened in college so she set the bar pretty high for my future family.
  • Adulting sucks
    • I just want to be a kid again.  Bills, responsibility, adulting SUCKS! I know it’s a part of life but geez.   Life is hard, and finding a balance between enjoying my twenties and planning for retirement is baffling.

 

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Until Next Time,

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