BLOGMAS Day 14|Favorite Christmas Movies

Hello Passionista, 

The holiday season is a great time to watch amazingly corny movies to get you in the holiday spirit. I can’t even flex I’ve been watching Netflix movies almost every night. A few of them I’ve watched several times. When I like a movie I will watch it over and over and over again. Most people get tired of the same movie but I never get tired of a good movie. I’m that girl that will go to the movies to see the same movie like 3 to 5 times before it leaves the theater. Actually, my 1st job was at the movie theater in high school. BEST TEENAGE JOB EVER. I promise I saw the Twilight series movies everyday when they released. I can watch a movie for the 100th time like its my 1st time watching it. 

 

Okay, so this month I have watched and re watched all of my classics like This Christmas (starring Chris Brown), Home Alone 1 +2, Best Man Holiday, and Almost Christmas. 

Some of my new Netflix Holiday favorites this year are: 

You can’t fight Christmas

A cute but corny adult Christmas story. 

The Holiday Calendar

The cutest christmas love story this year !!!

How the Grinch stole Christmas

An al time classic, forever !!!! 
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BLOGMAS Day 13| Girlboss Code + Digital Marketing

Hello Passionista

So last night I attended the really amazing FREE workshop at General Assembly at Ponce City Market (Atlanta,GA).

General Assembly hosts a variety of courses and workshops. They often host free workshops and panels that are every interactive and informative. I think I’ve attended maybe 4 workshops so far. Each workshop I’ve attended, I’ve have been able to take away something available and apply it to my career and side hustles. This event was a panel driven workshop titled, Girlboss code + digital marketing: A chat with social influencers, shakers and movers.

Most of my subscribers know that I am a full time project manager and a side hustling blogger, microinfluencer, and event planner. As I continue to grow, my goal is start my own creative business. So, I love FREE events that I can attend to teach me something new and network with some dope people.

Question of the Day: What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

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There was so much valuable knowledge and information shared in this workshop. It felt like a chip off my shoulder to hear the start up journeys of young successful entrepreneurs and influencers …  from quieting your day job to lessons learned from mistakes. I left this workshop feeling a part of a community of girl bosses and inspired to keep pushing. The panel discussion were really a sense of insurance for me, that I am on the right track and I am making the right moves and IT IS  going to happen for me and I WILL  be all that I can be.

The panelist shared their best advise that no one told them, but they learned:

  • Have confidence in yourself. #selflove is a BIG DEAL!
  • Be more kind to yourself.
  • Get Enough Sleep!
  • Learn your customer based, streamline your business and stay in your lane.
  • Recognize when you’ve made it.
  • Look back at your experience, all the answer are there.

Key takeaways from the Panelist to the audience:

  • Brand just means reputation and social media just means communication in this day and age
  • Start where you are with what you have
  • Have a support network or community
  • Share your wins with your friends
  • Build a Team!!!!!
  • Don’t be a afraid of the word “NO”

THE PANEL

BLOGMAS Day 12| Holiday Treats

Hello Passionista, 

This is the time of year for the best sweet treats. I love me some sweet potato pie and red velvet cake, not the store bought kind but straight from my grandma’s kitchen. My personal favorite treat to make for the holidays is Christmas Muddy Buddies. It’s super easy to make…

Christmas Muddy Buddy Receipt 

Ingredients: 

3/4 cups of Creamy Peanut Butter

2 cups of Powdered Sugar 

1 box Rice Chex

1 Family size bag of m&m’s

2 cups of chocolate chips

You want to start off my melting the chocolate chips. Add the peanut butter in with the melted peanut butter. Stir until its well mixed together. Then, mix with Chex cereal in a large bowl. You want to make sure the cereal is completely covered. Using a Ziplock bag, shake powdered sugar and coated cereal together until cereal is completely covered. Pour into a serving bowl and add m&m’s as toppings. Enjoy! 

BLOGMAS Day 11| CVS Make Up Remover Wipes Product Review

Hello Passionista, 

So I was in CVS the other day ranting about the price of make up remover wipes. Honestly, brand mark up cost are outrageous and I’m over it. I like Neutrogena, but I’m also tired of Neutrogena’s price point. 

I opted to tried a cheaper store brand version of make up remover wipes. This is a new  CVS private label brand make up remover wipe, retailed at $2.99. To my luck, when I got to the register this item was actually on sale- buy one, get one 50% off. Of course I purchased 2 packs. I will always need facial wipes. I use them everyday, multiple times a day. 

CVS Brand Cucumber & Aloe Soothing Facial Wipes – clarifies and refreshes skin

CVS Brand Fragrance Free Moisturizing Facial Wipes- alcohol and fragrance free

First Impressions: 

The packaging is cute… but for a teenager. The price is what drew my interest to purchase this project. Not the packaging! The wipe it self is thick and soft, if feels to be some good quality. It’s not a Neutrogena wipe but no complaints. The formula gentle remove make up perfectly. I used one wipe to remover a full face of make up without the towel drying out. I had no issue wiping away my eye make up either. Other than the packaging I like these wipes a lot. I;m not saying I will never buy expensive Neutrogena make up remover wipes again, but for now the CVS private brand is a great alternative. 

The reseal label will honestly determine if I re-purchase these wipes again. My biggest pet peeve with make up remover wipes is that after a while the reseal label stops sticking or curls up and my wipes start drying out before I can finish all the wipes. I hope this product doesn’t do that. follow me on social media for updated on this review as I continue to used these wipes. 

BLOGMAS Day 9 | DIY Wall Christmas Tree

Hello Passionista, 

December is a busy month for me so I hadn’t thought about putting up christmas decorations. At first it didn’t bother me but after 2 days of scrolling through Pinterest and social media seeing such beautiful decorations, I had to do something to my apartment. My aim was something cute, simple and cheap. My friend suggested a Wall Christmas Tree. 

After a trip to the dollar tree and Walmart, I put together this sofa view! 

Supplies used: (3) 9ft gold Garland, pink mini ornaments, blue mini ornaments, string go lights, and clear thumb tacks.

Tag me in you christmas decor pictures (IG @thepassionista__) 

BLOGMAS Day 8 | What I listen to in a day!

Hello Passionista, 

My day to day activities are fueled by my energy levels and mood throughout the day. Sometimes I’m happy and cheery, sometimes I’m angry with an attitude, and sometimes I’m just in my feelings. Music and podcasts are my outlets for changing my moods and staying in my lane.

I start my morning out with my bible app or inspiration podcast. I use my bible app to listen to daily scriptures and plans. I am currently completing the Luke 12 day plan.  I have a few inspiration podcast that I like to listen to here are my favorites: 

Mediocre to Masterful

Oprah’s Master Class

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations 

                                                                                                      Women Evolve 

Around lunch time I need my music to keep me focused. A good upbeat Apple Music playlist or my Tevin Campbell (trained) station on Pandora music. 

Here are my favorite Apple Music playlist to listen to midday: 

Growing Up Millennial

Millennial Soul

Beyonce Essentials

I am a lover of true crime. I like True Crime documentaries, shows, movies, books, and podcast. An afternoon pickup (around 3pm) for me is a Murder or investigative podcast. This is what I listen to: 

True Crime Garage

Sword & Scale

Serial

My Favorite Murder

On my way home in the evening I love listening to audible books. I am currently listening to Becoming by Michelle Obama.This audible is 19 hours and narrated by the ONE and ONLY Michelle Obama herself and I love it. I will be driving home listening to the books, and she’ll say a word and I’ll start talking about like we having a real conversation. Sometimes, I have to pause the audible just  to talk to myself. Queen Michelle Obama is speaking a word of honesty and truth in this book and in such a gracefully unapologetic manner. I LOVE IT! 

Once I get home I want silence. Pure Silence for at least 30 minutes to an hour. No TV, No phone, No music. That’s my distressing time. Then the good podcast come while I’m cooking, cleaning and blogging- and those are: 

Lip Service 

The Read 

Small Doses

Jesus & Jollof

What do you listen to ?

BLOGMAS DAY 7 | Random Act of Kindness

Hello Passionista, 

A few weeks ago, my friends and I  got together to celebrate one of our dear friends birthday and party with a purpose. The birthday guy requested we all bring items to make blessings in a bag. This was such a great idea and it warmed my heart. My friends are truly amazing!

We gathered most of the basic essentials …. likes bottled waters, cereal bars, fruit snacks, socks, tissues, toilets, over the counter medicine, and first aid items for the blessing bags. 

As we partied and mingled, we also each made a blessing bag to put in our cars to bless a person in need. 

So, I road around for at least 2 weeks with my blessing bag in my car. I honestly almost forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was at a red light on my way home and saw a man standing in the cold holding a cardboard sign. My first thought was, “It’s cold outside! Do I have a blanket in my truck to give him to keep warm?” Of course, I didn’t. But it dawned on me that I had the blessing bag I made with my friends at the Party with a Purpose kickback. I reached behind my seat and pulled the blessing bag from the pocket behind my seat and rolled down my window to give the man the bag. He smiled at me and said, “Thank you! God bless you.” In that moment my heart was full and I wished I had more to offer him in that moment. It was then I realized how important it is to keep things like blessing bags handy. You never know when you might come across someone in need and want to help them. This motivated me to start keeping blessing bags in my car for the next time I come across someone in need. 

Blessing bags are easy to make and has the potential to make a huge difference to someone in need. Please be prepare to lend a helping hand at every moment possible, you never know when if could be you that needs the help from another stranger. 

BLOGMAS DAY 6 |Product Review | Living Room Decor

Hello Passionista, 

I’ve been in of the spirit of re-decorating my place. I desire a creative open environment that fell  warm and cozy yet cute with a touch on my unique personality. I spent tons of time scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. Recently, wall tapestries have sparked my interest. I am currently renting, so painting accent walls and having to re paint the wall back before I move doesn’t tickle my fancy. A wall tapestry is a great alternative and better than a colored accent wall. There are all types of styles and designs and portraits to choose from. 

My vision is to create a hippie- chic living room decor. The color scheme inspiration for this room is midnight blue and (shades of) pink with gold accent. I purchased this gold and white Indian Mandala wall art from Amazon. I thought the design would really pop on the wall behind my midnight blue sofa styled with pink decor pillows. I want different shades of pink so I plan to add more pink pillows to the sofa. 

The wall tapestry measures to be 85 inches by 55 inches and hits the sofa background perfectly. I love how this is coming together. I still have several pieces I want to add to this space before it is complete. I plan to order more tapestries for the bedrooms. 

Mandala Wall Tapestry Wall Hanging Ombre Tapestry Tapestry Ombre Bedding, Mandala Tapestry, Multi Color Indian Mandala Wall Art Hippie Wall Hanging (White and Gold Flower, Twin 85×55 Inch)

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Guest Blogger Tiara Johnson | It Is Your Dream !

Hello Passionista, 

Last year, I met Tiara through an friend I was planning a event with. On top of her grace and sweet smile, I found her to be very encouraging, inspirational, and resourceful. Since meeting her, we have worked on several projects together and supported each others hustle. I wish I had as much energy and passion as Tiara, but she is always encouraging me to keep pushing, planning, and praying.

Tiara is a dream coach and her 21-day dream challenge is a kickstart to putting your dreams and plan into action. Tiara has recently released a dream planner titled,  Dreams & Deadlines 

Welcome Guest Blogger, Dream Coach and Business Mogul , Tiara Johnson

I have always been passionate on making my dreams come true, I have always known the importance of doing whatever you put your mind to. I am Tiara LaRae Johnson and I go by the Dream Coach, I help people execute their dreams through building personal brands, increasing client exposure, and activating God’s plan for their life! I started my first business in 7thgrade and I started my first job at 14 years old, I have always been very determined and a hard worker. In college I discovered Public Relations and that I could really go into a field where I can build solid foundations to people in business.  What keeps me going is I have a goal to build one million dreamers, and every dream activated brings me new energy and new joy. My business has changed my life in every way, I was able to step down from my job, plan events for thousands of people , and speak in front of audiences and empower them to live their dreams. I have a long way to go, but I am grateful that I can live my dreams and empower other to live theirs. You can do anything you put your mind to ! 

#SelfCareNovember |Week Recap

Hello Passionista, 

Self Care November is almost over, can you believe it? We are entering the last week of the self care challenge. How do you feel? 

I have honestly enjoyed the challenge, it has really made me feel good on a day to day basis to know that I’m doing something for my self care each day. Before doing the challenge I had things I did weekly as a self care routine just to relax. And some of the tasks in the challenge I actually do already I just didn’t think of it as self care. With blogging my experience during this self care challenge I’ve also realize how important each of these things are. I am so grateful to have to leisure to actively participant in self care. Not everyone have cook themselves a meal, or meditate, or write a letter, so to be able it is a blessing.