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.
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.
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!
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.
I went on my normal bi weekly trip to the farmers market and my eyes almost fell out of my head when I saw that scallops were $9.99/lb. Yes, you read right, only $9.99/lb. I almost never buy scallops because they are usually overpriced (in my opinion), but this was a complete steal so I had to snag a pound. I’m so glad I did because this was one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time! Between the perfect sear on the scallops down to the delicious lemon garlic butter wine sauce I made, I was literally in foodie heaven.
Let’s face it: multiple streams of income is the only way to build wealth. I know we’ve all heard that the average millionaire has around 7 streams of income, but the reality of it is, unless you’re a superstar athlete or a world renowned artist, multiple income streams is the only way to make it. And by make it, I mean stop trading your time for money and really enjoy your life. Maybe you won’t have 7, but at at least three or four will put you ahead. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you work in corporate America, everyone should have more than one source of income. I’m on income stream number 3 and by this time next year, I plan to have another two in my portfolio. Have you ever stopped to consider what those income streams might be? Are you ready to get knowledge on how to start maximizing your wealth and living a comfortable life? Do you wish you understood how other people are able to pass down wealth to their children and grandchildren? Keep reading.
After high school, I went to college and graduated. I moved from my hometown of Miami to my new home of Atlanta. I kissed a few frogs and found me a prince. I saved a lot of money, but blew even more. I worked for Marriott for a while and thought I’d be there forever. Then, I started with a new company and landed my dream job. I launched my lifestyle blog, Cup of Consuella. I had a beautiful daughter. I bought my first house. I made a lot of mistakes, but I have a lot of accomplishments. A decade later, and here I am. A lot can happen in ten years.
A few days ago I was in the mood for a delicious pizza, but no pizza place had exactly what I wanted: sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Mmmmm. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. I knew exactly what taste I was going for and I also knew that the only way to get that exact taste was if I made it myself. So I made a quick run to Publix to grab the ingredients, came home and created some yummy goodness.
In a world full of people with seemingly perfect lives on social media, it can be quite natural to convince yourself that you aren’t doing as well as you should be. Waking up to yet another timeline flooded with new houses, new cars, new engagements, new Chanel bags, and more international trips to exotic islands- it can really start to make you question yourself and your purpose in life. Guess what? A majority of the things you see online are not always as perfect as they seem.
Yes, you read right. I’m telling you to wear a wig!
There are so many reasons why I love Atlanta! The career opportunities are endless, the cost of living is one of the best in the country, and the restaurant scene is amazing and continuing to expand. The history, arts, and culture is unmatched, the entertainment/ nightlife is always a blast, and the weather is great because you get to experience all four seasons. Let’s not forget about the airport. It’s the busiest airport in the world, and 80% of the U.S. population lives within a direct 2 hour flight from Atlanta- you can’t beat that with a stick!
For as long as I can remember, cheesecake has been my all time favorite dessert. I made my first one back in college and once I realized I could make them pretty good, I never stopped. I’ve made all kinds from classic, to strawberry, to Oreo, to pumpkin spice, to banana Nutella. I mean seriously, the options are tremendous.
No meat. No fish. No dairy. No bread. No pasta. No alcohol. No coffee. No tea. No sugar. No soda. No juice. For 21 days. Yes, you read right, 21 days! You’re probably thinking “Well, what in the hell did you eat?” And I have to be honest, I thought the same thing when I decided to do this fast. But after doing some research, preparing ahead of time, and getting pretty creative, it honestly wasn’t as bad as I thought. I had plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and water- but my most essential ingredient was a whole lot of prayer!
A few weeks before Sanai was born, I started to imagine how she would look. She’d be chocolate like her mama and have those beautiful dreamy hazel/green eyes like her papa. Wrong. I also imagined how quickly she’d develop. She’d be crawling by 6 months, walking by 10 months, and talking by 12 months. Wrong again.
I don’t know about you, but my 2017 has been a hell of a ride. By the grace of God, there have been many high points and accomplishments, but life wouldn’t be life if those great moments weren’t accompanied by some bumps in the road. As the end of the year nears, I begin to wonder if my year was as productive as I had hoped for. Needless to say, there has been a whole lot of self-reflection in this last month of 2017.