October: What I'm Doing This Month

Hello Lovely,

I’m so excited that it’s October! There are so many things happening this month, I feel like I’m going to burst! On Monday I was in an extra good mood, which isn’t normal for a Monday, but the first of October signals many things: It’s officially Fall, so no one can hate on me for consuming every Pumpkin Spice; we have and holiday and mid-term break this month and we’re almost to Halloween, which really means, IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!! I love Christmas. Holiday seasons are the best not only for the time off from work, but the decorations and recipes get me so energized that I’m trying something new practically every day!

This weekend is going to be filled with fun! My niece will be turning one tomorrow! I’ve grown to love her so much this past year. Even though she often bites me, pulls my hair and tries to fight me, she always so full of energy, with the most infectious laugh, I can’t help but love her. She’s standing on her own and grabbing everything in sight. She walks if you hold her hand, but she practically tries to run. She crawls everywhere and is obsessed with sneaking into the kitchen. I even started her own email address and occasionally send photos and videos of her with personal letters that I hope she’ll look at someday. Her parents are having a birthday party at Outback for her. That same day I’ll be attending Shakespeare in Paradise with two of my best friends. I’ve been curious about this show for quite some time, so I’m really interested in seeing how the cast interprets the play. We’ll be watching Short Tales: Ten short works by new writers, directed by new directors. A pair of women plot to seduce a faithful husband. A maintenance court case takes a surprising turn. A radio DJ gives his boss a lesson in community spirit. In keeping with its mission of developing new talent, Shakespeare in Paradise presents ten short plays by ten writers.

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I was originally supposed to spend mid-term break in Houston with a friend, but the airfare wasn’t reasonable for such a short amount of time so I decided on Miami instead. Miami isn’t in any way a better option that Houston (a city I’m still exploring) but this trip is going to be much better. Not only am I meeting my best friend’s baby and catching up with friends I haven’t seen since last October, but my best friend Tiana is coming along making this a girl’s trip! I’ve wanted to have a girl’s trip for three years now, but I could never find a time that worked for everyone. Now that Tiana and I are both teachers in the same organisation (different schools) this is the perfect getaway! Between the shopping, IHOP, shopping, partying, pumpkin patches, eating (and did I mention shopping) this is the break we BOTH need.

There’s so much to do! Monday is a holiday and I could totally use that extra day! I’m planning on hosting my friends over on that day. I’ve stocked up on chips and not much else, so I think I’m ready.

What are you looking forward to doing this month? Any big plans? Share what you’re up to in the comment section below!

5 Things I Need To Do Before Summer Ends

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe summer is almost over? I went back to work on Monday and next Monday, school officially starts for us. I am SUPER excited about this. I know a lot of people love summer, but I'm just not one of them. Sure, I love the beach, vacations and festivals, but one thing I don't love is the heat. Summers get hotter and hotter every year. And in The Bahamas we have summer 98% of the year. Some people envy that, but weather that almost never changes can get depressing after awhile; leaving me longing for sweater weather and steaming mugs of cocoa. If you've been living it up this summer, that's awesome. But if you're like me and mostly stayed in to avoid the heat, then you may feel like you missed out. So here's 5 things I want to do before summer officially ends.

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1. Go To The Beach

Can you believe that I didn't go to the beach even once this summer? How crazy is that? I live on an island and visited 4 other islands this summer and still never went to the beach! I'm ashamed!

2. Go To The Movies

I am not in any way a movie person! I have a pretty short attention span but if I go to the movie theatre and it's a blockbuster movie, I'm all in. The movies I have my eyes on are The BlackkKlansman, which is already out and The Hate U Give and Operation Finale. If I'm going to watch a movie I like Marvel comics, Star Wars, psychological or racially drive/historical movies. I finally got to go to see The BlackkKlansman this weekend but I won't go on about how horrible that movie was.

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3. Grab Ice Cream with a Friend

I love Froyo but the last time I had it was November of last year because the next day I was terribly sick. I was afraid to go near it again because that nightmare was not worth repeating, but I think I've learned my lesson and I'm ready to have a small amount of it (as long as it's dairy free). I also got some this past weekend after the movie. I stuck to Red Velvet, which a teaspoon of graham crackers and granola, you know, to make it healthy.

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4. Try a new lemonade recipe

I think the last lemonade I made was Martha's Spiced Lemonade and that was two years ago! So I can't wait to try my hand at a new lemonade recipe like this Sparkling Mint Peach Lemonade, Mango Ginger Lemonade, or these Coconut Peach Lemonade Slushies

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5. Go to a Summer festival

I have not been to a single party this summer season. Between travelling and my anxiety from changing jobs, I just haven't been on the social scene much this summer and I know, that's terrible. I've been to small gatherings at friend's homes for drinks but I haven't actually been to a PARTY and that definitely needs to change before summer ends.

What's on your summer bucket list? Did you complete everything or are you missing a few things like I am? Let's chat about it in the comment section below!

5 Mother's Day Activities So That You And Mom Can Bond As Adults

Hello Lovely,

Now that you're a real life grownup, you can forego the "family-friendly" plans and treat Mom to more Mother's Day activities for adults this year. And that doesn't necessarily mean taking Mom out for bottomless brunch mimosas. (But if you do decide to go down that road, please know that you have my unwavering support.) I'm talking about treating Mom like an equal this Mother's Day — treating her like a friend. So why not give Mom a 24-hour break from responsibility, and treat her to a Mother's Day activity you can enjoy together, as grown adults?

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1. Go Wine Tasting

My mum can't drink wine because she really can't handle her liquor, but if that's not an issue for your mum you should find a wine tasting to take her two. We have two free wine tastings every month on Thursdays, one at Young's Fine Wine in Sandyport and the other at Mahogany House, Lyford Cay. And best of all they're free!

2. Attend A Food Festival

We don't have a food festival happening this weekend, but how nice would it be to go to a cultural event together? If anyone wants to start this tradition, just know that I came up with the idea first, thanks 😜

3. Take That Vacation She Always Wanted

If it weren't such a bad time in the school year, I would totally take my mum away on holiday. I actually wanted to take her to Cuba for Mother's Day but it never worked out. My mum really wants to go to Missouri after seeing how much fun I had, so we may do that for Christmas. If you have the time, I'd suggest taking your mum away for the weekend somewhere real nice. And if the destination is too far, why not a staycation at a local hotel?

4. Take a Class Together

In 2008 my mum and I took a card-making class together. It was amazing! My parents had recently divorced so I loved that bonding time between us. The class isn't around any more, but whether it's Sip and Paint, Paint Your Own Pottery or even an exercise class, this time together is perfect for you and mum to learn more about each other and get better at a particular craft.

5. Mother's Day Brunch

There are a lot of brunches this weekend for Mother's Day with a lot of specials. My mum is going to Regatta at Baha Mar with her cousins on Sunday for brunch for a little girl's getaway. Treat mum to a nice meal for mother's day and give her the day off from cooking.

 

Holiday Painting Party

Hello Lovely,

Yesterday was a much needed holiday. I know school just re-opened last week, but after threatening to call a child's mother just to get him to stop talking back to me, I think I needed a quick recharge. The holiday we celebrated was Majority Rule Day. Majority Rule Day became a public holiday in 2014. It commemorates The Bahamas gaining majority rule for the first time on January 10, 1967, symbolising the promise of equality, a level playing field, and fair play for all Bahamians. 

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To celebrate the holiday I got three of my girlfriends together for a painting party. I started things off by serving brunch (my now famous Banana Nut Pancakes and coffee with a custom made Coffee Creamer).

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We didn't get to paint half the stuff I had planned for us but we still had fun regardless. None of my friends are really "artistic" so we had a little competition to see whose own would look the most like our inspiration. While three of us really tried, Krista gave up very early and did her own design.

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This is the inspiration photo. We all agreed Meghan's own looked the nicest.

We had so much fun figuring the patterns out. I tried to make mine look exactly like the original but throughout the process realised that I was putting way too much pressure on myself and I should just enjoy whatever I create. It definitely wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to copy this design, and with more practise I think I can get really good at it. I found and online class for painting patterns and designs so I can't wait to get started on that and show you what I create.

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After my friends left I made another picture, this time with markers instead of paint. This was the inspiration photo and beneath that is what I created. 

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I really like this painting, drawing thing. I used to draw a lot in high school but that skill got put on the back burner as I had to prioritise studying and writing papers. Now I'm getting back into doodling and it is so therapeutic!

How did you spend the holiday? Did you do anything with family or friends? Do you like to doodle and create artwork? Share your reactions and thoughts in the comment section below.

Wednesdate: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Remember the "good ol days" as a kid where you would wake up early every Saturday morning to watch your favourite shows? How about a trip down memory lane? However, unlike your childhood, in this date you two can both sleep in as most of these shows from back then are now on the web! Get comfy, watch them together and reminisce about your favourite 'toons!

My boyfriend and I grew up in the 90s cartoons era. Even though he's older than me so he watched the 80s cartoons too, he loves the 90s cartoons more, so this date was a no brainer for us!

 What You Need

  • Breakfast Foods 
  • Pyjamas 
  • A list of your favourite cartoons 

 Step one: Set the time. Set up a day and time to have this silly date. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on a Saturday morning. It doesn’t have to be in the morning at all. It simply needs to be a time when you two can ideally meet together without distractions (we hope).

Step two: A taste of Nostalgia. Be sure to wear pyjamas, or anything else that makes you feel snuggly and comfortable. Bring your favourite cereal or other breakfast food and drink to the party. Additionally, both of you can write a list of all the cartoons you used to watch as a kid and plan to watch as many as you can together.

Step three: Watch Together! Hook up and connect your webcams and watch your favourite cartoons together while enjoying a wholesome and delicious breakfast. Go down the list you made together and see how many cartoons you both used to watch, or discover new cartoons you’ve never seen before. It’s a blast from the past with the one you love!

 

Tips and pointers!

Try watching some older cartoons, like Popeye and Betty Boop, or older versions of the Looney

Toons! Try your beau’s favourite breakfast cereal (or meal) instead of your own to see how you like it.

 

Discuss:

Have you ever won one of those cereal box prizes? What was your favourite part about Saturdays as a kid besides cartoons? What was a typical Saturday for you then versus now? What do you miss most about being a kid? What did you like to do when you were a child? Do you remember anything about your personality when a child? What did you like about school? Describe the first memory you have of going to school. What were your favourite cartoons and TV shows? What didn't you like about school? What was your favourite toy? Do you still have it?