Blogmas Day 4 | Gift Guide

Hello Passionistas!

The holidays are my favorite time of year to shop for the people in my life I love the most. Although, there are so many department stores that I have been custom to shopping at I now like to support black owned businesses. As a fellow entrepreneur I find it important to support small businesses. I’ve put together a small gift guide of suggestions for gifts for your loved ones.

Make It Classy delivers plant-based ingredients and step-by-step instructions needed to craft your own chemical-free DIY beauty creations.It’s like a dinner kit, but for beauty. These kits make the perfect gift for that special lady in your life, your mother, or sisters and friends.

Holiday Offering (Sale, Bundle Deal or Gift Set) Dec. 9-19: Save 20% with code CHEER and receive a free lip balm gift with purchase at makeitclassydiy.com

Kaeess Nail Polish offers 10% off when subscribing to email list as well as free shipping for orders over $40. Orion Collection available for purchase at  www.kaeessnailpolish.com. These polishes are the prefect stocking stuffers for any lady of glamour in your life.

IWI Fresh Garden Day Spa not only offers farm to skin spa service, they offer raw skincare products as well. Products are made from fresh veggies and fruit locally sourced from the garden and perfectly blended by the owner, The Skincare Chef, herself. Products like body oil, body scrubs, and the 14 carrot glow face cream can be purchased at iwifresh.com. IWI Fresh products are perfect for the entire family.

This holiday season, Children’s book author Celina Monique is not only accepting donations for the R.O.Q. scholarship fund, she is also offering a Bundle Deal that offers BOTH children’s books (signed) for ONLY $30 (plus shipping). In addition, the first 5 orders will receive the “Note to Self” coloring book for FREE. To take advantage of this deal, please inquire via email to celina@celinamonique.com while the official website (www.celinamonique.com) is being updated. The books are also available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.

CEO apparel is a great gift for the entrepreneurs and hustlers in your life. Sweatsuits, hoodie and sweat pants can be purchased online at http://www.experienceelegancenow.com/shop

Passionista Bianca White | DIY Suitcase Pet Bed

Happy Friday Passionista

Introducing Bianca White as the newest Passionista. I met her about a year ago at a mentoring event we were both volunteering for. We started chatting and I found out we have a few things in common … she is a DIYer like me. While I like to DIY event decor and gifts, Bianca specializes in Home Decor, Martha Stewart like designs. I’ve followed her since we met and she is always putting together some dope decor, including this Suitcase Pet Bed.

Passionista Bianca White

Two years ago I made a super cute suitcase pet bed for my son (my dog), but he never slept it in because apparently it sat up too high for his liking. Today I swapped out the wooden legs for short furniture feet and took off the top shell to make it easier for him to get in & out of. I think he’s a lot happier with it now and plus it looks really cute in my dining room area. 🙂

Things you’ll need:

Take off The Top

1.  Open the suitcase and use a screwdriver to loosen the screws from hinges that hold the top and bottom of the suitcase together. Once the screws are completely loose, separate the pieces and keep the bottom part to use for the bed. It depends on your suitcase, but in my case the hinges came loose pretty easy and I was able to pull them out with pliers. 

Drill Holes

2. Turn the suitcase bottom up and drill a into each of the four corners. Make sure the holes are not placed near the edges to ensure the feet will fully sit underneath the suitcase once it’s flipped over.

Screw in Feet

3. Screw the furniture feet into each of the drilled holes. In some cases washers or lag bolts are needed to hold the feet in place, but in my case they were pretty secure without having to use either. I suggest using the feet I found from Home Depot or some that are similar. 

Flip it

4. Flip the suitcase back over so that it’s standing on the feet. Check to make sure it’s not wobbly and that the screws are not sticking too far out where they will bother your pet.

Place the cushion

5.  Last but not least, add in a cute cushion/pillow and add in a cute dog. Done!

See more from Bianca White, click here.

His & Her Gifts Amazon Gift Guide

Hi Passionista

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought I share a few Amazon gift ideas for the special someone in your life. If you are anything like me, you stay busy. No time for yourself, let alone time to do store to store shopping when you don’t know what you are looking for. But what I do have time for is Amazon. I will lay in bed browsing through Amazon adding some of everything to my wish list or shopping list. I must say Amazon has some amazing stuff.

Teddy bears, flowers, cards and candy are cliche for Valentine’s. Don’t get my wrong I appreciate those things (every year). But Valentine’s Day is a time to show love and express your love for your partner. As adults, I feel that we can all benefit from Valentine’s gifts that aren’t just cute and cuddly but practical and useful as well. Here are some gift ideas for Valentine’s day.

Conair Foot Spa/ Pedicure Spa with Soothing Vibration Massage


UGG Bliss Sherpa Throw Blanket

Alexa Enabled Echo Dot

White Noise Machine

Apple Charging Dock Station

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

Wine Bottle Holder

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BLOGMAS Day 23 | What I use to blog!

Hello Passionista-

Everytime I meet a blogger, the conversation always results to blogging tips resources and equipment. I’m not one of those people who doesn’t like to share information. I like to find out what other bloggers are using to blog and post videos, as well as share my resources and tips. We can all learn from one another. There are a few blogger and influencer groups on Facebook that I’ve found to be very helpful. It was another blogger that I met online that really encouraged me to move from 1 post a week to 3 posts a week. There was an instant increase of traffic on not just my website but my social media accounts too.

Blogmas has been a blessing because I feel like I’m getting new traffic on both my social media accounts and my website. I want to keep you all coming back to Passion Locked and build a online community of moguls that want to learn, grow and support each other. I’m now in an intense planning mode for 2019. I want to get better at preparing content and finding new innovative ways to bring readers to my lil ol’ blog.

Today I want to share with you the equipment I used to blog. Although I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, I still consider myself a starter blogger… lol ! I say that because I started blogging as a hobby and its still a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work but I’m not getting paid for it…YET!!! I plan to grow my blog and brand to another level next year .

Most of the things I use to blog are really cheap, but they work and get the job done for me. The most important things are my Macbook and iPhone. I take all my pictures on my iPhone, edit them on my iPhone as well. Over time I hope to invest in a camera and better blogging equipment.

Here is what I use to take blog pictures

CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones

Camera Phone Tripod+ Universal Tripod Smartphone Mount for Apple, iPhone Samsung and Other Brands Smartphones+Carrying Bag

Amzdeal Photo Light Box Portable Photography Tent Small Foldabel Shooting Tent with LED Light 9.4X9.4 Inch

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Glitter Poster Board

New editions that you have not seen on my blog yet, but soon will is…

Julius Studio Photo Video Studio 10 ft. Wide Cross Bar 7.4 ft. Tall Background Stand Backdrop Support System Kit with Carry Bag

Julius Studio 6 ft X 9 ft White Photo Video Photography Studio Fabric Backdrop Background Screen

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#SelfcareNovember | Week Recap

Hello Passionista…

VOTE TODAY! YOU’RE VOTE MATTER! YOUR VOICE CAN BE AND WILL BE HEARD!

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November has been pretty amazing so far. There is so much to look forward to between now and the end of the month. If you follow my social media accounts, I have been posting my daily recaps of the #selfcarenovember challenge. This challenge has really been going well for me. It is helping me slow down and be more mindful.

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Day 1: No Complaining for a day

I thought no complaining for a day would be hard, but what it lead to was me not talking much that day.  It was different but not so bad. I listened to music and podcasts most of the day and I felt much more energetic.

Day 2: Do something kind for someone else 

It was a long work week for me. Honestly, I don’t know why. It just seemed like the week dragged out. Friday on my way to working, I thought I’d get Krispy Kreme donuts for the office. Sweet treats always make me feel better and nothing is better than a warm donut about an hour after lunch. And I know if I had a long week, so did my coworkers.

Day 3:  Buy yourself a gift (something you really like)

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As I was in Big Lots I came across some nice smelling candles. I love candles, But I only buy bath and body works candles. I thought to myself, I can buy other brands of candles. If you like the scent get it. So I bought it. Big Lots is dangerous. I spend more money there, than I do in Target. That’s bad! Not really tho, cause Bigs Lots as great discount stuff for everything.

 

 

Day 4: Pamper Yourself 

Sunday was a great day for pampering myself. I woke up early and started cleaning up my place. I was even in the mood to rearrange some of my furniture for comfort. Once I was done cleaning, I took a hot bath, relax and listening to ” Don’t settle for safe” by Sarah Jakes Roberts.

Day 5: Write a letter to someone

I decide to write my letter to a decaesd loved one. It felt good to release some of those inner thoughts in a open letter.

Are you taking the challenge with me? How’s it going? Let’s dialogue!


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Pinch Me Box | Use and Review

Hello Passionistas

Pinch me is an online service that allows you, as a consumer, to take surveys and recieve FREE samples to try and review. It’s totally free. All you have to do is complete surveys throughout the month. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month new sample boxes are sent.

This month’s box includes: 

RX Nut Butter- Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

$50 off Hello Fresh

1850 Folgert Medium Dark Roast Coffee

Clairol Color Touch Up

First off, I already have a Hello Fresh subscription, so I can’t use this $50 off card. It is for first time users. I am going to pass it along to my parents though. They are newly empty nesters so I think they could benefit from Hello Fresh.

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Honestly, I have not need for Clairol Color root touch ups. I don’t have any color in my hair. So I’m going to give this same away.

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I am not a big fan of peanut butter, but I tried the RX nut butter on flat bread bagels as a afternoon snack. It was tasty. But I must admit, I probably won’t purchase.

I’m more of a tea drinker than coffee, but I have my fair share of Starbucks ice coffees. I tried the folders coffee and LOVED it. I have a reusable K-cup, so I can just put the coffee in the reusable cup and use my Keurig to make my coffee.

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Visit Pinchme.com to sign up and receive your own box of free samples.

Self Care Tip

Hello Passionistas!!!

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Everyone needs “Me Time”. Just time to destress, relax and love on yourself.

I love me! My “Me Time” is normally on Sunday or Monday nights, I like to take a extra hot soak with bath bombs, candles, music, and red wine. I want to start having even more “Me Time” where I do things outside of the house- but by myself. Once upon a time, years ago, I would go to dinner and bars alone. YESSSSSSSSSSSS! You read it right, I said alone. I lived in a state where I had no family or friends, so on Friday nights I would google a new restaurant, lounge or bar to for drinks after a long work week.

I challenge you all to start enjoying yourself, by yourself. You will learn so much about yourself once you start spending time with yourself.

“Me Time” Activities: 

  • Go to restaurant or lounge alone
  • Go see a movie
  • Go to a spa
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Have a mini staycation at a local hotel