BLOGMAS Day 28 | Year End 2018 Favorites

Hello Passionista,

Some of my 2018 favorites

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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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BLOGMAS Day 22| Yes To Foaming Sheet Mask Review

Hello Passionista,

I have been trying so hard to not miss a day of blogmas. And I missed a day of blogmas 🤦🏾‍♀️!!!!!! So disappointing, but I’ve been super busy this month. I’m not just being lazy and not blogging I just had an intense Friday. Maybe I’ll do a bonus blog, but for now BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAM.

I love a good pamper day. Pampering myself is a important part of my self care. I enjoy doing a at home facial, a bath with salts and scrubs and body oil to nourish my skin.

I recently adding a new product to my at home pamper day routine. Instead of a clay mask, this time I used the Yes To Cucumbers Bubbling Paper Mask, purchased from Target. I’m not really sure I had any expectations before using this product. I was curious to see how it felt and if it really worked.

It really worked. I applied the sheet mask just like any other sheet mask. It was not foamy when I took it out of the packaging. The sheet mask was nicely soaked with the formula. I don’t even know how long it took the mask to foam up. I didn’t feel it foam up. After I applied the mask, I enjoyed my hot bath soak with bath salts and once I was out I looked in the mirror and the mask had foamed. I was concerned that maybe the foam formula pull leave my skin feeling dry after taking the mask off. To my surprise the mask felt my skin feeling really hydrated. I used my face water mist to set my face after the mask and went about the rest of my pampering.

Have you tried this Bubbling sheet mask yet?

BLOGMAS | DIY Hair Clip Ins

Hello Passionista, 

I’ve taken my DIY skills to a whole new level. I made some hair clip ins using 14 inch Itlian Wavy bundles by LM Tresses

I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair but I’m picky about my hair. I have so many bundles of hair from my sew in days, I thought about making a wig. As I was looking for tutorial to make the wig I came across a tutorial for clip ins. Clip ins are much easier than a wig. Plus, I’ve never wore a wig before so that would have been a gamble for me. 

The process of making the clips ins was simpler than I thought. Since I already had the hair, I only had to purchase thread, needle and clips ins from the beauty supply store. All of this was $10 (max). 

The Finished Product 

BLOGMAS Day 18| Personalized Gifts by Me

Hello Passionista, 

My crafty sassy behind has been busy this month. December is always a busy month for me and like always I am Not prepared. One year, December is not going to roll up on me when I’m unprepared. December 2019 I will be prepared with more gifts sets and personalized packages. But even tho I’m not prepared the way I want to be this year, I have been managing all of my orders and getting Blogmas posted once a day. I  am a one women show and I pat myself on the back for making it to day 18 on task. 

For those of you who don’t know, I am not just a blogger. I am also an Event Planner and creative innovator. I make personalized gifts and decor. As you can imagine around this time of year people are hitting me up for all types of stuff…. designed wine glasses, coffee mugs and Tumblrs, T-shirts, gift baskets and more. 

I wanted to share my work with you.

If you wish to place an order, you can DM on instagram or email passionlockedblog@gmail.com. One day I’m going to have a store and a creative studio.

BLOGMAS Day 17 | Winter Hair Routine + Rice Water

Hello Passionista, 

Now that it is Winter, I have changed up my hair wash routine a little bit. I’ve been seeing all the hype about rice water and the benefits it has on your hair. I am always looking for good products and natural remedies to do to my hair so I’ve decided to join in on the  rice water trend. 

Prepping Rice Water

After watching a few youtube tutorials and scrolling through blogs on Pinterest , I decided to do a rice water deep conditioner before my wash routine. You can also do a rice water rinse, which I plan on trying on the next wash day. To deep condition with rice water, I took some plain rice from the pantry and rinsed it with cold water. Then I took a glass jar and filled the bottom with the clean rice and added water. I closed the lid on the jar and let it sit for about 12 hours. I read that the longer you let the rice water sit the better. But what I was not prepared for is the SMELL. This shit smells horrible. I can’t even explain the smell. It’s legit horrible. I was almost about to throw it away and not use it. But I started reading comments that explained rice water stinks. So I went with it. 

I drained the rice from the rice water and put the water in a spray bottle. I sectioned my hair in small parts, and sprayed each part from root to ends. Then, I put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it sit for over an hour. 

Washing my Hair with Love  Beauty and Planet Shampoo & Conditioner

Coconut water is known as a lightweight hydrator, with the mix of the mimosa flower you get great volume in result. 

Love Beauty and Plant is a fairly new brand to the market. I think I first seen it on shelf in Target. When I saw the packaging I was like, ” This cute I want to try it” but it wasn’t in the “ethic” (black girl hair) haircare section. So I thought it may not be a product for my type of hair. I wasn’t in the mood to buy some shampoo and conditioner that I wasn’t sure about —so I stuck to my regular Cantu products.  But to my surprise, I received samples of the Coconut water & mimosa flower shampoo and conditioner in my Target Beauty Box. Gladly, I tried it and Loved it! It smells amazing and left my hair feeling soft and easy to comb out. I didn’t have to do much detangling but I think that’s also a result of the rice water. 

My Winter Hair Wash Routine

Step 1: Deep Condition with Rice Water

Step 2: Rinse Rice Water out with cold water

Step 3: Condition Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: Shampoo Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: 1- Minute hair mask + rinse 

After washing my hair, I always comb it out and 2 string twist it (if I’m not doing a specific style). Here is what I have been using to style my hair lately…

Cantu Natural Hair Wave Whip Curling Mousse

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray 

Dark and Lovely Naturale Anti- Shrinkage Clumping Curl Creme Gel

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BLOGMAS Day 16| 2018 Christmas Tag

Hello Passionista, 


  1. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

The Holiday Calendar (on Netflix with Quincy)

  1. Do you like to stay in PJs all day or dress up?

PJs … my version of PJs are legging and a oversized shirt

  1. Do you open presents in the morning or the afternoon?

Throughout the day. Gifts from my parents in the morning and gifts from the rest of my family later in the day. 

  1. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?

Yes, It’s a Christmas Family Tradition

  1. Favourite Christmas smell?

Scandalous from Victoria Secret and Black Tie Bath and Body Works candles

  1. Favourite Christmas treat?

Muddy Buddy with M&Ms and Red Velvet cake

  1. Where do you spend Christmas day?

Home Sweet Home … My grandmothers house and Parents House 

  1. Real or fake Christmas trees?

Fake tree (this year)

  1. What’s your favourite holiday drink?

Long Island … ALL DAY EVERYDAY 

  1. Candy canes or gingerbread men?

Candy Cane

  1. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Cheetahalious Christmas – The Cheetah Girls 

  1. Have you ever built a snowman?

Yes! 

  1. What is top of your Christmas list?

A Bar Cart 

  1. What is most important to you about the holidays?

Spending time with the people I love.

  1. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

November

  1. Do you still have advent calendars?

No. But I want one.

  1. Favourite Christmas memory?

Getting a karaoke machine for christmas on year. I loved that thing!!!

  1. What do you eat for Christmas dinner?

Ham, Turkey, Hen, Chicken, Greens, Rice and Gravy, Stuffing, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potato pie, red velvet cake. 

  1. What is the best present you’ve ever received?

My Passport

  1. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
😦

Nope, I live in Georgia.

Side Note: I started off BLOGMAS strong. I had my blogs scheduled and I was prepared. Now, I’m stepping into a busy week and all of my scheduled blogs have been posted. S, this week is going to be interesting. I have to really focus on what needs to get done. Wish my luck and I wish you all a good week. 

BLOGMAS Day 14 | Audible Reading List

Hello Passionista,

I am a audible lover. I love listening to a good book while taking road trips or on my way home in the evening sitting in Atlanta traffic. Here’s my 2018 reading list: 

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Currently listening on audible and I absolutely love it.

Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts

This is the last audible I finished. Book review coming soon.

The Misadventures of a Awakard Black Girl by Issa Rae

We’re going to need more wine by Gabrielle Union

View my book review 


Black Privilege by Charlemagne Tha God

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

View my book review 

Around the way girl by Taraji P. Henson

View my book review

What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey 

View my book review 

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 

View my book review

48 Laws of Power

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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 !!!! 

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?

(Tell me in the comment section below)

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