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. 

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BLOGMAS DAY 4 | Christmas Music Playlist

Hello Passionista, 

I love christmas music and I have been jamming since Thanksgiving evening. 

Listen to my Holiday Playlist on Apple Music


BLOGMAS DAY 2 | Holiday Traditions

Hello Passionista, 

I love everything about holiday traditions. As much as I love these traditions, I don’t get to do them all every year. I cherish every year I get to spend with my loved ones and plans these little family traditions. Here is some of favorite holiday traditions !

Family Photos 

I haven’t taken pictures with Santa in years, but I do like to get there family together for a quick photoshoot during the holidays. It gets challenging combining everyone schedule to meet up and have everyone present. Somehow, we manage to get it done. 

Making new ornaments

I am a DIY girl. I love crafts and making things. Every year I try to add new ornaments to my collection.I’ll buy the signature hallmark collector of the year and find a cool DIY ornament or decoration to make. 

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

This is a new tradition that I started doing with my family just 2 years ago. Before then I had never made a gingerbread house. Now you can purchase the kits in just about any store. Our family gets together christmas eve evening to fellowship, exchange gifts and make  gingerbread houses. 

Christmas PJs -Family set 

PopReal Toddler Plaid Family Matching Clothes Long Sleeve and Pants Christmas Pajamas Set

I can never get anyone to do matching christmas pjs sets with me. Every year I see all the cute family sets in Target and think to try to get either my family to participate in my fashion madness on christmas eve or my girlfriends to participate during out holiday gatherings…. but the answer is always NO! But, I will keep trying every year. 

Find the pictured family set here

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BLOGMAS DAY 1| My Grown Up Christmas List

Hello Passionista, 

Today is Day 1 of BLOGMAS, and this year I have a lot in store to share. Look forward to a post every throughout December at 8PM. Last year, I only did weekly blogmas posts. So daily blogging is new for mew. Bare with me please!

As you getting older Christmas changes. I remember being a kid wanting to make cookies for santa. Although, I’m not “playing” santa yet. Christmas day has changed for me. Now I’m more excited for the time spent with my family and time off work to relax rather than all the gifts under the tree with my name on it.

I look forward to making gingerbread houses with my family on Christmas Eve and playing Dirty Santa. I am preparing now for all the food I’m going to inhale. I’m so ready to dive into a fresh cut slice of red velvet cake.

My christmas wish is for more peace, love and joy in the world. I always want to promote a peaceful spirit, spread love not war and bring joy to others heart. As much as I practice spreading peace, love and joy I want to receive it too.

So what else does a 20-something young adult want for Christmas, besides bill money:

2 – Alex Drawers (white)- Ikea

Lineman Tabletop(white)- Ikea

Chende Vanity Mirror with Light Hollywood Makeup Mirror Wall Mounted Lighted Mirror(white)- Amazon

Apple Airbub

All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal

Face Steamer for Facial, Portable Facial Steamer Professional, Home Face Steamer for Blackheads, Hot Mist to Unclogs Pores, Facial Mask Partner by Aiho

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray Wooden Bath Tray with Extending Sides, Reading Rack, Tablet Holder, Cellphone Tray and Wine Glass Holder

Uggs Bailey Bow II Metallic 

Fenty Savage Maxi Robe

Kate Spade crossbody 

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Merry Christmas, Passionistas!

It’s Christmas Day!!!!

I must admit blogmas is a struggle. I started off strong but this season had been so busy for me that I miss and day of two.

Last year my family started the tradition of making gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve.

I purchased my Hershey’s kit from CVS for $7.99

I am a master at this …. look 👀

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Merrry Christmas !!!!!!

Christmas Party Decor

Happppppyyyyyy Saturday Night!!!!

Tonight, my family and I had a cute little snack and game night.

We played a series of minute to win it games and ate good food. The kids made ginger bread houses.

But I wanted to share the cute little dollar tree decorations I created…

I made these cute little DIY snow globes, everything purchased from the dollar tree.

I found these cute candle stick holders at dollar tree and loved them so much that I bought all that were on the shelf. They came in white but I spray painted a few of them silver for my the base to my snow globe.

Using double sided tape I taped the bottoms of a toy Christmas tree to the candle stick holder. I used a steamless wine glass as the globe- putting just a little bit of white confetti as snow.

So cute quick and easy …

You can also use a wine glass with a steam as a globe with a candle on top.

To complete my table decor, I used Garland and toy gift boxes, mason jars and candles, and candy canes.

Super easy and super cute!!!

Brunch with Friends

Helllloooooo !!!!

I know I’ve been missing for two days of blogmas. I’ve been busy with orders and shopping…🤷🏽‍♀️

But, I’m back now !!!!! 😍

I recently hosted a Christmas PJs Brunch with all my girlfriends. It was super nice! But of course – as the host, I did not get any pictures. What I can say is— we had a good time.

I cooked a really nice brunch. I made lots of mimiosas and we drank lots of mimiosas!

We played “dirty santa” and cards against humanity… so many laughs and memories made…

I did manage to get a few snaps with my polaroid camera for my next scrapbook..

Until next time 💝

Making the perfect personalized gifts (Blogmas Day 18)

We are like a week away from Christmas…. and everyday I get more and more excited….

 

Today, I am going to show you one of the personalized christmas gifts, I made for a friend with my Cricut Air 2.

I found this oversized flask at CVS in the gift section for hoilday stocking stuffers. It was $9.99, at the time I purchased it I had no clue what I would do with it. But I turnt it into the perfect gift.

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I used my circut air 2 machine to to cut vinyl of a “R” and the name “Rasheena” (my friend’s name. Using transfer paper I put the “R” on first, centered or course. Then, the name “Rasheena” across.

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Normally I order my vinyl in bulk from Vinyl Expressions or Amazon. But the patterned vinyl, used for the “R” is from Hobby Lobby- a 12 X 12 sheet only $1.99.

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If you have a Cricut machine, please share some of you projects. If you don’t have this machine but would like some personlized gifts and nic-nats, DM me on my creative IG page (@passionlocked)

Christmas Dinner Chargers (Blogmas Day 15)

Today, I am back with another cricut project.

I honest can’t believe I never thoguht about this before…. Decorating dinner charger with vinyl to display a personal greeting, quote or image. The closer we get to christmas the more events I have to attend or decorate for. So I have been on pinteret heavy for the last couple of months, looking for ideas.

To make these dinner chargers, I used  a few from my collection. But you can purchase them at Hobby Lobby for like $1.99 (rember to use your 40% off couple). Dollar Tree also sells dinner chargers but it’s hard to find them in store, so you may have to purchase online by the case. I also use the Cricut Design space and transfer vinyl – I had left over from other projects.

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Cookies for Santa Dinner Charger is a great ideas for kids to use Christmas eve night to leave out cookies and milk for santa.

 

 

 

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“Joy to the World” Dinner Charger is a great idea for table setting and dining decor

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all and your families …

I love the holiday season and spending time with my family. This is our second year taking family photos and I wanted to give yall a snapshot of the photo shoot. This day was filled with big smiles and laughs.

Family is my core. Without them I have no support, motivation, or inspiration. My years on the earth would not be the same without each of there grace and presence in my life. I wish nothing but peace, happiness, and love to my family and all of yours.

I want to send a special shout out to the photographer of the event, Mr. Trey Sims. He was so patient, creative, and fun to work with. Not only did he make me happy, but it made my family happy with these amazing family photos.

If you are in the Atlanta area and looking for a photographer, consider Vision of Life Photography (visionoflifephoto@gmail.com) and follow his Instagram account @visionoflife_photography.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s Wishes!

First 2017 Milestone, my first blogaversary

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