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Book Review: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

 

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows, story by Asia Citro, Cover Art and pictures by Marion Lindsay, published by Innovation Press 2017 USA, 96 pages, ISBN-978-I-943147-08-3

 

The Review:  Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows is the story of a young girl and her pet cat who use science experiments to help a dragon…

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ZEALAND: Weeks in a Winnebago (Part 3 of 3)

If you are looking for a travel destination that has it all, then look no further than New Zealand. For those with an adventurous spirit, an appreciation of the outdoors, a penchant for indigenous cultures, and an interest in learning how to drive on the left side of the road, New Zealand is the place for you. This summer I had the pleasure of ticking off another bucket list item, which was to visit the amazing, incomparable, and unbelievably…

Book Review: Bloom – A Journey to Self Love

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

The Facts:  BLOOM: A Journey to Self-Love, Poetry and Prose by Brittany Traveste, Cover Art Alvin Epps, Interior Art by Jade Meyers, published 2017 USA, TQP Press, 78 pages, ISBN-978-0-692-82922-6 (Pbk)

 

The Review:  Bloom is the amazing journey of growth, self-discovery, and going through the motions and the required…

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Camping via Winnebago Experience (Part 1 of 3)

I very recently had the pleasure of traveling through the majority of New Zealand for slightly over two weeks by Winnebago aka Camper Van aka RV (recreational vehicle), and in my case a supped-up van (meaning it wasn’t that big), which I shared with two other fully grown adults and too many bulky suitcases and other items.   To say it was an “experience” is an understatement.  It was amazing and challenging in ways I didn’t even know I needed…

BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: LIA WORLD TRAVELER

Traveling is in my blood, and has been a part of my life even as a child. It all started with my maternal grandfather when he became a contractor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He worked for USAID for several years during which he raised my mother and her siblings abroad in Brazil and Indonesia and traveled extensively in between. When he left USAID, he and my grandmother opened a travel agency, which is where…

Solid As A Rock

CEO of Black-owned footwear company, ROCKDEEP INC, on balancing entrepreneurship, community, and family
What is an entrepreneur? Everyone I know these days call themselves an entrepreneur or have someone in their immediate circle who is an entrepreneur. However, the statistics for successful entrepreneurial endeavors are abysmal. Forbes magazine reports that 90% of start-ups fail, that’s nine out of 10 new businesses, and the numbers are worse for minority-owned businesses if you can believe it. That is all the more reason…

Here’s Why It’s Okay to Take Time for Yourself

We are all busy people and this is a busy world. We are mothers, fathers, parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, grandchildren, professionals, friends, and so many other roles. We make time for the people and things that matter most to us and often at the expense of ourselves and our personal priorities.

Now in an era where self-care is critical to your peace of mind, sanity, and ability to function, how do you take care of yourself? Do you carve out…

Fallen – A Memorial Day Tribute to Black American Soldiers

When you find yourself traveling to tourist destinations such as France, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, or anywhere there has been conflict, take a moment to recognize that you are standing on hallowed ground; marked and unmarked memorials. Do your research in advance so you can fully understand the conflicts and appreciate why it happened. Try to imagine what standing in that spot would have meant had you been there during the war. Consider what the world would be like if…

A Dozen Great Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh

As I reflect on my relationship (which I have been in now for over 16 years, more than a 1/3 of my life), I am so grateful for the fact that it doesn’t feel that long. In fact, the longer we’re in it, the better it gets. And as I take a step back to reflect, there are definitely some intentional things that we did that have kept us both happy, fulfilled, and feeling like the relationship is still fresh,…

Meet Goodr: A New App Offering Solutions to Feed the Hungry Using Food Industry Surplus

First the Facts:  Every year in the United States, 35 million tons of food is thrown out, how wasteful!! Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The cost to taxpayers in terms of disposing the food is roughly $1.3 billion per year.  Then hold that up to the statistic that in America today, approximately 1-in-7 people go hungry.  For children in marginalized, low-income communities…