Want To Plan the Perfect Girls Trip?

So you want to plan an epic girls trip and you don’t know where to start? Courtney to the rescue! I just got back from an amazing girls trip that I never even knew I needed. It was supposed to be a bachelorette weekend, but after the wedding was called off, we turned it into a girls weekend retreat. Not only did we have a good time, but we documented quite a few details so our social media family could follow along. As the young folks say, it was lit! I got tons of DMs about where we were, how we chose the place, what we ate, where we got our looks, etc. So I’m here to give all the deets! Keep reading for 7 practical tips to plan the perfect girl’s trip.

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What About Your Friends?

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about friendship. I’ve been blessed to say that I’ve had such amazing bonds with some women that blossomed into beautiful friendships. So, I’ve never understood women that say, “I don’t need friends.” Sis, I don’t know what you think “friends” are, but real friends are invaluable. And whether you want to admit it or not, we all need them. And this past weekend reassured me of that.

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I Potty Trained My Daughter in 3 Days!

Yes, you read that right. In 3 days, my daughter was officially out of pull ups (minus night time). By day 5, she was completely potty trained, even overnight. I know you’re probably reading this like “girl please, yeah right!” Trust me, when I heard about this method of training, I felt the same way. A few months ago, I tried potty training Sanai the old-fashioned way and it was an epic fail, so I put it off. I was intimidated by the thought of it and honestly didn’t want to make the time to commit to it. Then two things happened that forced me to get the ball rolling: 1) She was moving up to the next class at daycare and being potty trained was a requirement. 2) I was just tired of buying pull ups. So, I did what I do best: I got on Google and researched the best method for potty training. Tons of books came up, but one stuck out to me and it was titled: Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks.

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Delicious Shrimp Pasta in 20 mins!

I’ve had a long day at work and still have some emails to answer when I settle in at home. I pick Sanai up from daycare and she’s begging to have candy and pizza for dinner. I pull into the driveway and I want nothing more than to plop down on the couch and have a glass of wine. But as soon as I walk through the door, babe is asking “So, what are we having for dinner?”

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Spin the Globe at The Consulate

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love food. Trying new restaurants in Atlanta is easily one of my favorite pastimes. There are very few places in metro Atlanta that I haven’t visited, so I’m always excited to try some place new. Well, I think I’ve found my new favorite restaurant… at least until a new one opens up. No judging.

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Forever I Love Atlanta!

Born and raised in Miami, Fl, I’ve always called that place home. I never thought I could love another city as much as my hometown… and then I moved to Atlanta. While it is a very large metropolitan city, it still has that southern, down home, “country” feel, and I love it. There’s just something about Atlanta that’s going to keep me here for a very long time.

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5 Things You Should Know About Being a Blogger

Lately, it seems like everyone wants to be a lifestyle blogger and I don’t blame them. I mean, who doesn’t want a picture-perfect life? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to be sent luxe PR packages and free product that other people are spending money for. Who doesn’t want to get paid to post pretty pictures on Instagram? Who doesn’t want to be #momgoals or #relationshipgoals or #lifestylegoals?

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Yummy Vegan Fruit Pizza

When’s the last time you had a fruit pizza? For a good majority of you, I’m going to guess never. Well, let’s change that. If you’re looking for a delicious plant based treat that is sweet, but not full of processed sugars, then look no further. This delicious fruit pizza will give you a new level of respect for a plant based diet.

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2019, I’m Coming for You!

Happy new Year, guys!

We are officially 16 days into the new year and 2019 is already starting off amazing! There are two weeks left in the month and plenty of time to make some new year resolutions. I know some people feel like new year resolutions are all talk, no action. Others often question the purpose of waiting for the new year to set goals that you can start working on right then. While both of those may be valid points, there is just something refreshing about starting anew. There is something refreshing about being able to write a new book with 12 amazing chapters and 365 new pages. For me, a new year screams opportunity. And this year, I plan to take on every opportunity that comes my way. I am naturally an over achiever and, as a result, I sometimes end up biting off more than I can chew. So, when it came to making resolutions for the new year, I knew I needed to have laser focus. I decided to section my goals into four areas: health, wealth, professional, and personal.

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Don’t Forget The Reason For The Season

Ever since I was a little girl, Christmas has been my favorite holiday. There was something so magical about being on holiday break from school, spending time with my family and friends, taking in all of the beautiful festive decorations in the neighborhood, putting up our decor and Christmas tree, and of course, opening the gifts under the tree. I mean, can you blame me?? There was literally nothing not to love about Christmas. 

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How about a girls night in Asia?

Okay, so I didn’t actually have a girls night in Asia, but my girls night did have an Asian theme- that counts right? Maybe not, but a girl can dream. Anyway, I got my girlfriends together for a night of great food, delicious cocktails, lots of laughing, plenty of dancing, and, of course, juicy girl talk.  We got a chance to let our hair down, catch up, and and have a good old fashioned girls night. I decided to host this one at my house, and being the “hostess with the mostest” that I am, I wanted it to be a perfect night for me and my girls. 

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So Much to Do, So Little Time

What do you do when the things you’ve been working on all start to manifest at the same time? (I mean, of course, after you do your happy dance for seeing some of your goals come to pass). Lets be honest, I think we’ve all been been there a time or two. I can humbly say I’m in such a great space in life right now. Many of the things I’ve been working on are coming to fruition and while I am super happy about them all, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.

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Sanai’s Two-tti Fruitti Birthday Party

Sanai’s birthday theme this year was super cute and simple and we loved it: Two-tti Fruitti! Different tropical fruit and a bunch of bright colors was the gist of the decor. We kept the party intimate and had it in the comfort of our home- it was perfect. My best friend Jasmine, Sanai’s god mother, was my right hand (wo)man. She handled the decor and I handled the food (with the help of my friend Yaz). I got all the games and activities set for the kiddos and we had a good time!

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Dealing With Terrible Two’s

Sanai is one month away from 2 years old and she has already entered the dreaded “terrible two’s” phase. Falling out when she can’t have apple juice for the third time in an hour. Screaming at the top of her lungs when I don’t let her open a bag of chips in the grocery store. Telling me “no!” when I ask her to clean up her toys because she isn’t done playing.  My daughter has relentlessly marched into the this sassy toddler phase and I’m doing everything in my power to stay sane.

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