Long Grove Chocolate Festival

The Long Grove Chocolate fest was AWESOME on this gorgeous day.  I cannot believe that this was the 1st time I’ve attended.  We had some of the following: 
Chocolate covered cheesecake
Chocolate covered bananas
Chocolate covered strawberries kabobs
Chocolate cream puffs

Of course,  we had to eat something beforehand so we had cheese fries,  pulled turkey loaded nachos, chicken strips, and Stella’s.  Too bad it is only 1 weekend a year.




Summer Spirit Festival 2016

Here are some of MY highlights!!! This is the 11th annual Summer Spirit Festival in Columbia, Maryland just outside Washington DC.  OMG! I had never heard of this 2 day festival until this year. Awesome line from yesterday’s concert.
              Avery Sunshine
               Gregory Porter
                Leela James
         Be’la Dona and Sugar Bear
                      with DJ Cudi
               Erykah Badu









I never heard of Gregory Porter but i liked his music.  I can see myself relaxing at home flipping through a magazine or cooking as I listen to his music.
I’ve always liked Leela James and Avery Sunshine, BUT their performances….
I have a NEW found love and respect for not only their music but their voices.   Wow! 

Erykah Badu??? Do you really have to ask?  She was 45 minutes later than scheduled to show on stage BUT sistah there… She made me forget she was late. This was the first time I saw her in concert.  Beautiful experience!!!

There were multiple vendors selling their products from clothes, shoes, and oils. I had never seen such a set up for people of color that I was in awe. 

Can’t wait until today’s show.


Health screenings

Ok! Quick, straight to the point…See your doctor for your check ups, tests, and whatever else. 

I can be honest about this, I’m grown.  Before March of THIS YEAR, I cannot tell you the last time I was at the doctor as a patient.  I always intended on going just never took the time to find a reputable doctor that I felt I could trust. *Yes, I had insurance*. I guess I played around with my health because my mom was always there to answer questions (she’s a nurse).  So, I would use her as my “doctor”. Not the same I know but I trust her to guide me in the right direction and I’ve always felt fine thereafter. 

Now, that I’ve moved back out of my parents house and a little farther away than the time before I figured it was time.   It was time to find a doctor close by.  So, in January (even though I moved in October) it was put on me to sit still and locate a doctor.  I found a doc that’s less than 10 minutes away and she’s friggin’ awesome.  It’s a sad shame when you get instantly nervous when you are driving to the office and while you’re waiting to see the doc.  You take my BP it’ll always be raised, slightly.  Doctors can find anything and come to you with the boom! So, I’m comfortable with her and I might as well be because she always all up in my business, literally!(lol)  

I saw her twice in the last month because my first visit, I couldn’t complete the original reason I was there because it was that “time of the month”.  So, she just did the basics (weight, height,  Bp, etc) and drew blood.  I hate needles, but I had to be a soldier.  It took me YEARS to get the courage to do this so I had to take it like a G…😅😅😅😅

During my 2nd visit, which was weeks later, she says that I am Vitamin D deficient.  She said that’s more than likely why I was feeling stiff in certain places and had some minor aches/pains in my knees and arms.  It’s no telling how long I’ve been deficient. All my other levels were Ok, so it was some indicator that I was living on a decently healthy diet.  So, she got me on Vitamin D pills to get me back right. Vitamin D is attached to calcium which attacks your bones.  Ummm, not me.  I’m getting this handled.  I’m too young for this jazz.  On top of that, I was there for a Pap Test to check for cancerous cells in my cervix. My doc and I are on a first name basis now….lol, seriously.  If you gone be in my “business” this way, then the highest level of professionalism is out the door.

Today, I get a call from the doc’s office and I know it’s my Pap test results.  I let it go to voicemail.  I was sitting there shaking like a leaf so I was hoping they left the info in my inbox.  My results came back NEGATIVE. Nothing cancerous in sight.  I was nervous for nothing, but it could’ve been something.  If it was something I could’ve known earlier if I had went to the doctor sooner. This gets me to my point.  Get yourself checked out. You might not want to hear the possible outcome of the visit,  BUT wouldn’t you rather know instead of waiting til it’s too late? I’m sure your family would appreciate it.  Yes, I did bring them into it 😅😅😅😅😅


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That Pepsi Ad

OK!  I had been hearing about this commercial all day so I had to take a gander myself at all the hoopla. I must say that I am quite perplexed at the direction of this commercial. Here is my unsolicited 2 cents…

Pepsi, I love you BUT I am going to boycott you for a little bit.  I will drink Pepsi over Coke any day, but this recent ad with Kendall Jenner was created in distaste.  I understand that the message that YOU might’ve wanted to convey was not understood, BUT you should’ve thought of whom this ad would’ve impacted.  No one wants to hear, “oh you are being too sensitive”, or “you do not understand the point”, or anything within the realm of its US instead of YOU.  There are SERIOUS things happening in the streets all across the country (in the world) as I know you are aware with the press coverage.  Recently (and throughout time), protests have been used in order to bring awareness to abuse and brutality against people of color.  It has been used for Women’s rights, Gay Rights, equal pay, etc.  You are using that exact tactic to sell soda (or pop, whichever you call it).   You know very well, a cop is not going to stand-down for a can of pop.  An African American woman who was non-threatening, wearing a dress and her hands in clear sight during a BLM protest was handcuffed and put in jail (image below).  You portray an image of Kendall Jenner (who is not a person of color) walking up to a cop and he does not flinch.  He just stands there waiting for her to walk up with an unopened can.  Really?  What image do you think that portrays to the public?  If that was a person of color walking up with that can, it would’ve been seen as a weapon.  Then, that traditional crap line would’ve followed, “I felt my life was in danger”.

Personally, I would have preferred to have seen some of the protesters in the front lines wearing Pepsi t-shirts and carrying a banner with the Pepsi logo and some verbiage to the point of the protest.  Every person behind them is wearing some of the colors of Pepsi, hats, scarves, make-up, or whatever to show unity through the brand giving hi-fives, dabs, and passing out  “flyers”.  When Jenner’s role joins the protest, show some of those scenes of her interacting with the other protesters.  Then, the “march” stops in front of a wall of officers as if they (Pepsi) are taking a stand with the people.  The last scene would have been Kendall cracking open a can of Pepsi and taking a drink.  That would have been more powerful.  That would have been understood.  There were people dancing like this was a party.  Was this a parade or a protest?

Did anyone consider that this could be disrespectful to any of the consumers or was the thought in the room just about the bottom line?  I truly believe that this was created with no malice, but you should’ve asked somebody.  I’m sure you wanted it to be upbeat, but since when is a protest upbeat?  I mean, really.  There could have been preventive measures in place to diminish the backlash (especially) when things are so tense. It would’ve been evident that there was full consideration in every aspect of the advertisement.

To you Ms. Kendall Jenner, Kendall, sweetheart…  Next time (if you didn’t this time), question the direction of the commercial, ad, or whatever.  If you questioned and felt it was OK, then fine.  You were the face of that Pepsi ad and you are shouldering some of that backlash because of it.  This ad placed you in a position that you do not care about the issues that plague communities around the country.  People are being beat just for doing less than what your role did in that commercial.  No one fully understands a person’s plight until you stand in their shoes.  Sweetheart, it may have been innocent, but if you look at the history of how things go, it could have been seen as a mock.  In essence, we all want to do and be a part of great things, but do we do them knowing it will offend someone especially a race of people that are already being treated as inferior?  As a person of color, the things I experience in the office (today and in years past) would make your head spin.  I’ve had brothers brutalized by officers with no recourse.  (I have photos to prove it.)  If we do not unite as a people (no matter the color, gender, etc.) then we are doomed to continue to run within the hamster wheel.  We will never push forward if everyone does not play their part and take a stand.  Look at what happened to Colin Kaepernick.  He is being blackballed at every corner and yet he still pushing forward and helping others.  What can the powers that be do if everyone with a little bit of money and power actually stood up to the injustices that surround them daily?  Honestly, honey, you don’t need the money (*smile*).  We, unintentionally, devalue people through our actions.  So, it may be great to be a part of this huge Pepsi opportunity, but at what cost do we turn down opportunities in order to get to a better place in life?  Certain circumstances are out of your control, but what do you do when you have the information in front of you beforehand?  In this day, we are now looking at decisions that are considered life or death, literally.


Live in love! Make smart Choices! Ask the simple and hard questions!




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