July Creations | Gifts, Decor &more…

Hello Passionista!

July was a really crafty month. I was graced with the opportunity to make so many gifts and decor pieces for clients and even a few things for myself.

On top of blogging and planning events, I also create custom gifts and decor for special orders. I think most of you know that by now. One thing that I love is working with clients for new and exciting projects. It warms my heart when I make a business connection and the client comes back to me to order more or something new. Recently, I have been working with a client for appeal and gifts for her business brand. These items can be purchased on Experienced Elegance website.

I’m interested and excited to connect with more brands and business to create customized gifts and items for their business. Honestly, I want to start a shop on my blog where I can sell some of the things I make. At first I was thinking about creating a “Passionista” line of lifestyle items. But now, I’m thinking of just creating a shop of nic nats to sell all the random stuff I make and put together. Don’t steal me idea, but tell me what you think? Would you shop with me?

The best part about being crafty is the holidays and birthdays. When my friends or family members birthdays come around I like to share my love by making them something special. Here are a few birthday gifts I made this month.

I’ve recently started learning how to make balloon garlands. I watched a few youtube videos and gave it a try, each time I make one I feel like I learn something new. Pictured, is a assorted pink balloon garland that I made for a bridal shower.

To place a order or to get pricing information, contact me via email passionpaletteevents@gmail.com

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DIY | Bath Bomb Making Kit

Hello Passionista-

You all know by now, I love and cherish my self care remedies. One thing I enjoy doing is taking a hot bath with bath bombs and candles to relax my mind, body, and spirit. I always purchase my bath bombs from Lush but I thought I’d try making some DIY Bath Bombs.

I discovered a company called Grow and Make, that selling DIY crafting kits for every occasion. I’m going to be using a Bath Bomb Making Kit to make some Lavender Bath Bombs for my next self care hot bath session. This kit came complete with all the items needed to make Bath Bombs at home, simple and easy.

6 bath bomb molds, rubber bands, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt, almond oil, rose petals, lavender buds, calendula petals, essential oil, colorant, and pipettes.

Only additional materials needed that were not included in the kit are a mixing bowl, measuring spoons and a whisk.

My Impression of the Kit

The kit is a great idea and I highly recommend it for first timers, like myself. Bath Bombs are not hard to make and I’m pretty sure there are many YouTube videos to show you how to make them. But this kit includes everything needed to make 12 bath bombs and molds to make more later. Not only did the kit include specific instructions it also presented some tips and tricks for different ways to put a special twist on your homemade bombs. I found the instructions easy to follow and make. I was given 2 recipes (one for Rose and Calendula and another for Lavender), I choose to make a batch of 6 Lavender bath bombs. My bath bombs turn out wonderfully. I was happy to use them to relax and unwind. The experience with using them was just as rewarding and relaxing as making them.

For the recipe and instruction head over to growandmake.com to order your DIY kit and use TRYDIY for $5 off your order.

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 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. 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello Passionista, 

I was recently nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by the creator of Joyful Tiny Living. Thank you Susan, I like your blog! After your read this post be sure to stop by Joyful Tiny Living to read about Susan’s RV lifestyle. 


I have been blogging since December 2015, and I think this is the 2nd social blog award I have been blessed with. I love them, so lets keep them coming. I don’t claim to be the best blogger in the world cause everyday I am learning and trying new things when it comes to prepping blogs, getting ideas, editing and sharing.


Okay! So the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Include a link to their blog. 
  • Select and nominate 15 other blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself. 

7 Things About Khadijah:

  1. I am a Event Planner. I started planning tea parties with my Grandmother and enjoyed the process of putting an event together. As life starts to settle in on me, I am surrounded by family and friends that needs help planning birthdays, dinners, showers, engagements, weddings, etc. So I started my own little hustle. 
  2. I have always been crafty and creative. I learned how to sew as a little girl. I like making quilts and knitting. My talent also allows me to make the best decor and gifts for family and friends when it time to celebrate just about everything. 
  3. My favorite food is Hot Wings. I also love and eat plenty of Pizza Rolls, Pasta, and Red Velvet Cake. 
  4. I am a proud product junkie. I love skincare products, beauty stuff, travel size items, makeup and lip gloss and cute stationary. When I’m in a store and see something i like I can’t help myself. I have a storage shelve full of products I haven’t used yet or maybe used once or twice in my home. 
  5. I really enjoy traveling and hope to travel a lot more in my lifetime. This world is full of some many beautiful place and things and I want to see as much of it as I can while on this earth. So far, I have traveled to Australia, France, Mexico and Israel, and about 25 states.
  6. I always prefer tea (hot or cold) over coffee. Something about coffee don’t ever settle well with my stomach. 
  7. My favorite artists are.. first and foremost BEYOND of course, then Tevin Campbell, Ella Mai and Cardi B. 

My Nominees are:

  1. Faithnturtles.com @faithnturtules 
  2. Jennyinneverland.com @jennyinneverland
  3. Ellduclos.blog @BGbloggers
  4. PlentyofThreads.com @plentyofthreads
  5. Whenlydiasmiles.wordpress.com @LydiaMarumo
  6. MakeupbyEden.com @makeupbyeden
  7. PrettyLittleBloggerx.wordpress.com @StephMon
  8. Mummytodex.com @mummytodex
  9. Goldenmemos.blogspot.com @goldenmemos
  10. Luluspov.com @luluspov
  11. Zoeyhoko16.wordpress.com @purrrple_poison
  12. TheChristianBloggHana.com @DKumapley 
  13. Ritas-digest.com @ritapitababita
  14. bit.ly/lifesajewel @lifesajewel
  15. Soldieries.co.uk @aaliyahkellyy

Guest Blogger | Passionista Kayla Heard | Experience Elegance

Hello Passionista

Kayla Heard is a new friend I’m getting to know. She and I are both full of amazing ideas, I hope we get to work together soon. In the meantime, I have asked her to be a guest blogger because she a true Passionista. I met Kayla this year through a mutual friend. We have been really connecting our creativity and drive to expand our brands as businesswomen. I think she has a really inspiring story and meaning behind her brand Experience Elegance that can motivate others.

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For Kayla, event planning started as a hobby that blossomed into her passion. Friends and family always left Kayla in a frazzle when they arrived late or waited until the last minute to plan their events and celebrations. She then took it upon herself to relief her anxiety and began to take matters into her own hands. A customer service guru and bubbly attitude has taken her far in the industry as she continues to build a good reputation amongst her peers and fellow colleague. Well known for her down to earth personality and go-getter attitude, she strives to bring each client an over the top event, leaving them with nothing less than a personalized elegant experience. Kayla dedicates her spare time on growing her company and brand. 

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As a fellow Passionista, my biggest passion is me, Elegance. As a brand ambassador for myself, I spend time learning the new trends in my industry. Being a hospitality guru, I like to look into all aspects of the industry however events are my niche. As an entrepreneur, I’ve been in the industry for over 5 years and I’m loving it more and more by the day.  The trends, the people, and the creativity involved in the hospitality industry are exciting. Detail, logistics, and the overall planning of things get me going.

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Now I know I introduced Elegance in the beginning but there’s a method to my madness. My company is Experience Elegance Event Planning where we plan events and specialize in logistics. Experience Elegance is my baby. I birthed her at age 21 and she’s been my sole focus since. I’m passionate about curating events that go by flawlessly even when everything could be going wrong. I pride myself on breaking the myth that 90% of events always start late and when I say I pride myself I think about my brand as a whole. The flow, look, and creativity that are displayed in my services reflect not only my company, but my brand. My passion stems from me making sure my company thrives even when I don’t feel like it. Passion goes pass the financial satisfaction you’re trying to attain. As we know entrepreneurship gets tricky from time to time, but it has molded me into the so much of the woman I am today and I wouldn’t trade it for the work.

Connect with Kayla

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Website | Email: Kayla@experienceelegancenow.com | @ceoofelegance


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Guest Blogger| Passionista Brandi Thompson |Just Give Me Jesus

Hello Passionista-

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Brandi Thompson is a dear sweetheart I had the pleasure of meeting during my days attending The “Unsinkable” Albany State University. She has a joyful spirit that makes you smile every time you are in her presence even if you’re not in the mood for smiles and laughs. I had a change to watch her grow from a freshman to the AMAZING women is she today. I look forward to more of her greatness as she walks in her passion.

Now introducing my FIRST ever Guest Blogger and fellow Passionista, Brandi Thompson…. 

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Living in a world filled with famous sayings, its hard not to start a blog without one… For the longest, my favorite was: “not all who wander are lost”. Little did I know, I was living my “best life” on a lie.  For 22 years, I wandered. Truthfully, I was lost. Dangerously, I was so lost I didn’t even realize I needed to be found. Honestly, all who wander are lost.

 

 

How lost, is lost?

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From the age of 11, the taste of liquor satisfied my curiosity for the “good life” I would see on VH1 and MTV.  It was like the stock market – high risk, high reward – The higher the shelf, the better the taste. For 11 years, I struggled with blacked out drunken nights, near death intoxication, and a loose sense of moral direction.

From the age of 13, I chose to jump in and out of relationships with guys just to appease my insecurities. Being touched cured my need to be loved. A title soothed my longing for identity no matter where it came from. For 9 years, I indulged in a series of soul ties with many men (and 1 woman if I’m being honest) whose inner connection gave me “peace”.

From the age of 18, my wandering led me away from the nest of home to a new land to roam – ready to be conquered. With no sense of identity, purpose, and security, my aimless journey led me into the arms of an emotionally abusive man. I convinced myself that ‘leaving was easy’ and ‘my damage has to be worth something’. For 3 years, I endured an emotionally debilitating relationship built off a false perception of mental fortitude all to say I was “loved”.

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For 22 years, I wandered and filled my heart with the joys of the world, adding layers of darkness to my heart, building a life on sinking sand. My wandering grew dark, cold, depressing… the person I displayed was never an accurate depiction of the dying person I was on the inside. I was beginning to understand why suicide seemed to be the answer 9 years ago.  Being at war with my reality and convictions created a battle of inner conflict that I began to question my own purpose for being here.… After 22 years of wandering, all of the questions I had, the “good life” I was longing for, the “peace” is desperately needed, and the “love” I was searching for all could be found in one place…. The answer to it all was Jesus.

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“There is nothing I desire that can’t be found in you. You’re everything that I’ve ever needed… Just give me Jesus!”

 

 

 

The new passion I found to live the life God has called me to live has redefined my life. His plans have surpassed my expectations of the life I thought I was supposed to have. His will has created a new perspective of what really matters in the world.

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What good is my business if my family isn’t truly saved?

What good is owning a home & nice car if salvation hasn’t reached all four corners of the Earth?

What good is my life, or anyone else’s, without Jesus?

In Him, you will find your identity – the knowledge to recognize you’re a child of the most high.

In Him, you will find your purpose – the reason He created you to be here.

In Him, you will find your stability – the foundation to stand firm on your purpose.

Inwardly, there has always been a love to help people with a problem and to have a great time with amazing people. No wonder event planning and designing party décor became my career aspiration. As I continue to give my life’s plan to God, He continues to open my eyes of how HE wants me to solve problems by having a great time with HIS amazing people for the Kingdom.  There is so much peace in his plan! You may be thinking, “well what about my dreams?”

Be passionate about your business. Be dedicated to your education. Be invested in the present life you are walking in. Embrace the development taking place in each season you are in. Seek correction and direction from the wise ones who surround you. Develop your talent, master your craft, and perfect your gift. Do all of this while posturing your heart to desire the One. In Him, you, your plans, your goals, and your business will have identity, purpose, and stability!  

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What good are our passions without a true Passion for Christ?

All who wander are lost… but I pray you wander into arms of Jesus.  

 

 

 

Shirt can be found at www.dopeanalogy.com

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DIY Wall Art

Hello Passionista!

One of my favorite YouTuber’s Raven Elysee inspired this DIY project after watching her Decorating My House DIY projects + New Furniture vlog. I have been re- decorating my apartment with more things of my style. I want every room and every decoration to reflect who I am as a person. I consider myself to be very creative, I love creating things. So a lot of my home decor will be D.I.Y projects. For instances, the Hexagon Shaped Shelves … click here to see blog.

For this project you’ll need:

  • Acrylic Paint – 3 colors (Midnight Blue, Pink, Nude)
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  • Metal Flakes
  • Paper Towels

 

 

 

 

I purchased an 8 pack of the 10 x 10 canvas, I had a vision of doing tiled art on one large wall in my living room space. My new color scheme for my living room space is Blue + Pink, so I used those colors. And it add a third color I used a fresh tone nude.

I started by laying out my canvas on a table.

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Staring with the darkest color first, I dropped dots of paint randomly all over  t

he canvas.

With a paper towel, I swiped the paint from left to right. Making streaks, sort of.

 

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Before starting a new color, I used my hair dryer to dry the paint.

First I applied blue, then pink, then the nude paint .

 

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Lastly, I took the metal flakes and just tore off a few small pieces and placed them on top of the wet paint at random.

 

 

Here is the Finished Product

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My living has double doors that lead out to the balcony. I decided to tile 4 of the canvas paints on each side of the double doors. As you walk into the front door the back wall and double doors are what you see. I think my abstract art looking good in this spot, even though I visioned something different. I want to add some greenery or plants to this view. Maybe a tall faux plant in each corner under the paintings.

 

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.

My 1st Hello Fresh Box

Hello Passionista!

I am excited to share my first Hello Fresh Box with you.

So, a friend on my mine recently started using Hello Fresh and shared her coupon code with me- for $40 off my 1st box. I downloaded the app and registered for my first box on a Friday and my box arrived on Monday.

There are different plans you can choose from, there are also feature that allow you to  select foods you wish not to receive. I selected the Classic Meal Plan, which includes 3 meals for 2 people. The app shows you the meals that you will be getting immediately. Here are my 3 (egg + nut free) meals :

  • Chicken Sausage Flatbread Pizza with Broiled Zucchini and Fresh Oregano
  • Beef Chiles Rellenos with Poblano Peppers and Chipotle Sauce
  • Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cucumber Tomato Salad

The box comes complete with recipe cards for each meal and the app also stores all recipes in the “my cookbook” feature.

The ingredients for each meal comes in separate recyclable paper bags. Here’s the ingredients for my 3 classic meals:

Everything you need is included, expect the pots, pans and stove of course.

I’ve already cooked my first meal and it was delicious. I mean, I can cook but I’m bad at finding good recipes. So having the ingredients sent to me and a detailed recipe card helps a lot.

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Chicken Sausage Flatbread Pizza with Broiled Zucchini and Fresh Oregano

Hello Fresh is so simple and easy to register, select a plan, cook, and enjoy. You too can get $40.00 off your first box by using my promo code: KZNURI. Once you sign up you will be given your own unique code to share with family and friends. You will receive $30 off for every person you get to sign up.