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Hi friends! Happy Valentine's Day Eve!
So it's the day before Valentine's Day and you and your honey still don't have any plans. You think that being out on Valentine's Day is overrated, overcrowded, and you really just want to chill at home. I've been there, trust me, and if my sweet husband had not made us dinner reservations for tomorrow, I would have been perfectly fine hanging out at home. However, who says that just because you're staying in, the day/night won't be special? One of my favorite Valentine's Day memories is when we stayed home and made homemade pizzas together and then watched a movie. We had so many laughs and created so many memories that night that I'll never forget it.
Valentine's Day to me is just all about being with the one(s) you love, whether it is your significant other, friend, family member, whatever! As long as I can spend time with my husband, I honestly don't care what we are doing. Don't get me wrong though, I am excited that he took the time to make us a dinner reservation. It shows he was thinking, haha.
Anyway, I'm here to give you some great ideas that you can do right at home and you will still have a memorable Valentine's Day.

5 Last Minute Fun Valentine's Date Ideas
  • Picnic At Home
Seriously, how fun would it be to set up a picnic on your living room floor? All you need is a large blanket, some of your favorite foods, some wine, and some chocolate.. then BOOM! Creative date that you don't even have to put on makeup and high heels for. I'm keeping this one in my back pocket for future dates with my hubby!
  • Game Night
Bust out some of your favorite games like Monopoly, Uno, and HeadsUp and challenge your significant other to a game night. You can make it a friendly competition and keep tabs on who wins each round of the games and then maybe the loser has to do whatever the winner says. Keep it fun, don't be a sore loser. :)
  • Have A Cooking Contest Together
So this one would be kind of difficult unless you don't mind not having a judge for your competition and you guys can judge each other, honestly! Pick a dish or a dessert and you both can make it and then sample the other person's to see who came out on top. OR one of you can make a savory dish, the other can make dessert and not only are you having fun in the kitchen together and having a friendly competition, but you just made Valentine's Day dinner and dessert too!
  • Wine & Paint Night
This one is probably really fun and another one I'm keeping in my pocket for later. How much fun would it be to host your own wine and paint night at home with your Valentine? All you need to do is pick up some easels from your local craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, etc.), some paint, and some wine! You can go online to YouTube and find a beginner's paint video for you guys to follow or there's a couple website's out there that'll sell you an instant download of instructions for a picture to paint. If you're really feeling crafty, just paint your own freelance painting and show each other at the end. Be sure to cover your table and wear an apron to avoid paint damage, but have fun with it!
  • Have a Scavenger Hunt
This one will take a little extra planning, but don't worry, you have all day today! :) Create a scavenger hunt around the house for your Valentine to play. You can leave little notes around and then maybe the final place will be you with a bow on top. OR a gift! Either way it goes, it would be super fun to see them go around gathering clues until the find the ultimate prize.

So you see guys! Valentine's Day can be extra fun and memorable without even leaving the comforts of your home. I hope that whatever you decide, you have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Also, don't worry if you don't have a date, remember, these things can easily be transitioned into a GALentine's Day activity! Get your girls together and have a great time. You can read all about why I think celebrating your Galentine's is important here.

Thank you for reading and Happy Valentine's Day! XO
Ah, Valentine's Day! It is upon us and I can't believe it. One of the sweetest days of the year and I find myself always looking forward to it just because everyone is usually so happy and full of love. Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite cocktail recipes with you just in time for Valentine's Day. I don't know about y'all, but I'm a 'sweet drink' type of gal! The sweeter the better if you ask me. If that is you, then you will LOVE this bubbly sweet drink.
I found it a little while ago while browsing on Pinterest and when I made it, I fell in LOVE. I added my own little twist and now I have my husband loving it too! This is the perfect drink to make over a Valentine's dinner or better yet, have it as a part of your dessert! I love that it is so easy to make, yet so delicious.

I'm new to this 'bartender' life, so these easy yet delicious drinks are clearly my fav! All you do is add the sorbet to a large wine glass, pour the champagne on top, and then garnish with some raspberries! THAT'S IT! Can you believe it? I can almost taste it now. (:

I hope you guys will try it! If you do, please take a picture and tag me on Instagram and let me know how you like it! I want to try some different variations with different sorbet flavors and other types of champagne. I'm wondering how it would taste with lemon sorbet, yum!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy! xo

February is a favorite month of mine.

Why? Because for one, it is Black History Month. A time when the world will acknowledge the greatness that is black people for 28/29 days. For many of us, however, #BlackGirlMagic and #MelaninMagic are celebrated all year long, but it is nice to see the rest of the world acknowledge us for a little while too. The other reason I love February is because for me, the month represents love. Everywhere you go, there's flowers, sweet chocolate, balloons, people going out of their way to show love to one another. It's really refreshing, especially in this day and time. Black History Month and Valentine's Day are so similar to me because just like the celebration of blackness, I celebrate love all year round too. Who says we have to have a set time to show black people love or to just show the ones you love just how much you love them, period? I guess in the mix of our busy every day lives, it's easy to forget some of the most important things, so we count on Black History Month/Valentine's Day to remind us. Nevertheless, this month is very special and Valentine's Day has a lot to do with that.

My husband and I have always acknowledged Valentine's Day; sometimes we celebrate in a big way, sometimes we don't. For me, I feel loved by my sweet husband every single day, but it's nice to have an excuse to shower each other with extra love, right? While all of this lovey dovey stuff may be true, we can't forget about our GALentine's! I've always loved having girlfriends, but as I have gotten older, my solid girls have become even more important to me.

A couple week's ago, I decided to have a last minute small girl's night in (one of my favorite things to do) with some of my closest girlfriends. It was important for me because 2018 was rough. I had a hard time dealing with the reality of losing friends, re-categorizing friends, and all the above. Some I realized we weren't on the same page anymore at all and had to completely let go. Some I realized I was pouring into the friendship 10x more than them so I had to pull back. Some, I'm still not really sure what happened.. but things have just been different for us and we honestly probably need to talk through it. There's so much more I can say about that and my journey through 2018, but I will save it for another post. Anyway, I can honestly say that through all of that, these five remained solid. There's a couple more solid gals in my life, but for the purposes of this particular night, I needed/wanted these five beautiful women to come together because I wanted them to know how much I need, celebrate, and love them. I LOVE being married, but some people associate marriage with not being able to have girlfriends anymore and honey let me tell you, I believe you need your girls even more once you're in a marriage!

So this night to me was simple. I ordered pizza and wings, we had Butternut Wine and junk food, we laughed, talked, and played games, and simply just enjoyed being together! I LIVE for nights like that. If I could have a girl's night every month, I promise I would. There's nothing better than being able to connect with people who are so different, yet so similar. People who will laugh with you, cry with you, tell you when you're wrong, and celebrate your wins. It's super important to let your gals know just how much you love and appreciate them.

Chanquilla, Avery, Jasmine, Britne, and Leah.. I love you all so very much and I thank you for loving me for me. Here's a couple things life has taught me about friendships:
I have learned that as adults, friendships are hard work and we don't always know what adult friendships are supposed to look or feel like.
I have learned that I won't be everyone's first, second, or third choice friend (hard one to swallow).
I have learned that just because someone I desired to be friends with doesn't vibe with a certain characteristic of mine, I don't have to change it.
I have learned it's okay to have friends for different needs in your life and categorize them accordingly.

Celebrate your Galentine's this month lovelies, and if you can't because of a busy schedule, that's okay. You can celebrate them anytime 365 days a year and you don't need the "month of love" to do it! :)

Thank you so much for reading! xo

Nothing like a girl's weekend to kick off 2019 the right way!

This past weekend, my girl Kay from I Am Kay Elle hosted me and three other blogger babes (@aleshanokeys@loveleighlove, and @thekrisrandolph) for an amazing girl's staycation with Domio! In case you haven't heard of Domio, this company was started in 2016 when two guys set out to provide large spaces for group travel! Basically the most perfect places for vacation rental, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, etc. when you're traveling with a group. So far, Domio has property available in San Diego, Chicago, Austin, Honolulu, New Orleans, Boston, and NASHVILLE!

When I tell you guys we had the BEST time, I seriously cannot even describe it to you. There's seriously nothing like getting together with a group of girl's who understand you, want to uplift you, and just know how to have fun! Our house was located in a cute neighborhood in South Nashville, if you're familiar. We checked in at 5pm on Friday and the fun instantly began! Take a look at this awesome home we were blessed to stay in.

It is so obvious that every detail of this space is thought out from the decor to the furniture. This particular home had 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a cool rooftop you can access by spiral staircase! I particularly loved the staircases on both sides of the kitchen. I thought it added a cool touch you don't normally see other places. I seriously felt at home as soon as I entered! Often times, we only think of hotels when we travel, but a place like this provides enough space for everyone you're traveling with to spread out, but you are still in a pretty intimate place and can easily come together!

When we arrived, we were greeted by some goodies put together by our girl @justkayelle and also some goodies from Domio! It was the perfect welcome, which contributed to me feeling right at home instantly. That night, we ordered our dinner from Slim & Husky's which was the PERFECT sleepover food! Have you guys been there? If you haven't be SURE to check it out the next time you're in Nashville. Their pizza is amazing and they also now have these scrumptious pasta dishes available when you order from their catered menu. Need something sweet after you eat? No problem. They also have different flavors of cinnamon rolls that are SO GOOD!

We had so much fun drinking wine, playing games, dancing to the music, eating LOTS of good food on Friday night and as if the weekend couldn't get any better, it did! Saturday, we went to The Candle Bar and had a blast making our own candles. It was a pretty smooth process and I enjoyed seeing how candles are made because let's be honest, I'm a little candle obsessed! The class was about an hour and they explained everything as we went along, so it was a great experience. I can't wait go pick up my candle! Later that night, we had dinner and drinks at The Ainsworth and my food was absolutely delicious! It's a really nice upscale sports bar that turns into a party most nights around 9pm. Be sure to try the Mac Fries when you go.

It was seriously the best weekend. I truly believe that Domio will be the number one place on my list now when I travel to one of their cities. We created so many memories in this space! I encourage you all to have a girl's weekend some time soon. It was MUCH needed and MUCH appreciated.

When was the last time you had a girl's weekend?

Photos By: Christopher McCarthy Photography
Our stay was sponsored by Domio, The Candle Bar sponsored our candle making class, and The Ainsworth and Slim & Husky's sponsored our food. Muddy Boot Wine sponsored our wine. All opinions in this post are my own as always.

Thanks so much for reading! xo
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