Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…Gender Reveal Party!

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In fall of 2015 JD and I were contemplating whether or not to have another child. We talked about it often and definitely prayed about it. During that time I thought about the things I would look forward to if I were ever to get pregnant again. One of those things was a gender reveal party.

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I hadn’t even heard of a gender reveal party until a couple of years ago, but once I did I couldn’t shake the idea. How exciting! Finding out the gender with your closest family and friends. That I definitely wanted in on.

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So even though we decided not to have another little one, God had other plans, and while adjusting to the journey I quickly started throwing ideas together for a gender reveal. Then I started poking around pinterest and getting overwhelmed.I was in my first trimester and exhausted, feeling ill, and just not in the greatest frame of mind. How was I going to pull off a gender reveal party? Cheaply. I was going to do it cheaply. I soon realized that this party could be what I wanted it to be, not everything I was seeing on pinterest. It wasn’t going to be as elaborate as my other parties because I simply wasn’t feeling up to it and that was ok. Also, we were having it at our house which meant the crowd had to be really intimate, so it wasn’t going to be some huge affair. All of that was more than ok with me.

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So we pulled it off. We did Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as the theme. Instead of me doing my usual treats table where I make a million sweets, I simply did a Sundae bar and I’m happy to say that it was a hit! We had a ballot and did stickers to show how everyone voted. Then my friend Michelle made me this amazing Star pinata to use to reveal the gender. We slipped the envelope to my sister-in-law and she was the only one of us to know the gender up until the reveal. Food was simple. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken salad, fruit, potato salad, and of course, cake.

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It was a good time had by all, and the best part was, I did it my way. Ok, enough of that. Ready to know what we’re having? It’s a….

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GIRL! Another princess to spoil. Awww, we can’t wait to meet you Jelly Bean! You’re already so loved!

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Blogalicious 2015: Leaving My Shell and Building My Empire

byoe15A couple of weeks ago I went to my first blogging conference. This was, and still is, a big deal for me for a plethora of reasons, but the biggest deal is that I’m an introvert. Most people don’t believe me when they’re sitting down talking to me, but it’s true. I’m an extroverted introvert. Being in a big crowd is draining for me because I feel like I have to be “on” the whole time and I really need time to collect myself after that. Time to be with myself and re-energize. That is one of the main reasons I had never been to a blogging conference previously. However, I kept hearing about this Be Blogalicious community and conference and I was promised that this conference is different. It’s not one of those huge, overwhelming conferences. I wouldn’t get lost in a crowd or just be one in a number. I could really sit down and learn fantastic information that would help me be a better blogger and entrepreneur. And you know what? They were right.
September 10-12 in Baltimore, MD it went down at the beautiful Marriott Waterfront. I was blessed to be picked to volunteer with the conference this year, and I am so happy that I did. The volunteer team was fantastic! My only regret is that because the conference was local for me, I still had to run back home Thursday afternoon and I could not return until after Johanna’s coop class on Friday, so I missed some prime learning and socializing time.

2015-09-18_02.41.59This year’s theme was ‘Building Your Own Empire’. There were awesome sponsor suites that included Toyota, where I spent most of my volunteer time. Everything was fantastic. The sessions, the food, the people, the swag… Everything was more than I could dream it would be. I learned a lot.

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Was it worth it? Absolutely. It was absolutely worth going. I believe that going to BYOE15 is totally making me into a better blogger. I want to do better as a blogger, not only for myself, but for you all, my audience. This isn’t my first blog, but this is the first one that I take seriously. Seriously enough that my ears were wide opening when they were having sessions on 1) how to brand yourself, 2)how to sale merchandise, 3) Being credible and consistent, and 4) How to monethize thyself. Those are just some of the lessons that I learned, and I’m growing. It started while I was there, and it has continued ever since.

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For a while I came out of my introverted shell and had some wonderful conversations. I met some inspirational people, and I even got the chance to be an inspiration.

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Oh, and did I mention the swag? Man, the swwaaggg!
Have you ever attended a blogger conference? What do you love about them? Hate about them? Did you get a chance to attend Blogalicious 2015?

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Miss Black USA 2015 Crowned in Washington, DC

I love it when women of color can stand up and say I am brilliant, I am beautiful, and I know what I want out of life! That is one of the many reasons that I support the Miss Black USA pageant and felt so blessed to be able to cover the event this past weekend.

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Miss Black USA/Sharde’ Sherelle, Founder of Concert Daily

On Sunday, August 9th at UDC Theater of Arts Building Miss Black USA 2015 was crowned in front of a sold out audience. The winner is Miss Greensboro, NC Madison Gibbs. Madison is a native to North Carolina and an alumnus of North Carolina A&T. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta and will begin her first year of law school at Howard University this week.
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Miss Black USA/Johannasmama.com

It was a gift to be able to see 50 amazing, beautiful, confident brown skinned women stand on stage to compete for the crown. They each had a platform that was dear to their heart, and they could all boast that they had done an overwhelming amount of community service. As I heard the credentials of each one, I became proud and slightly teary eyed. I could not wait to get home to tell Johanna about it and show her the photos of the new “princess”. It was yet another opportunity for me to pour into her and subtly convince her to love the skin she’s in.
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Btw, Lola Adeoye (in the white next to the newly crowned Miss Black USA) representing DC came in as 2nd runner up. Not bad at all! As for the newly crowned Madison Gibbs, she’s already off to a busy start! She’s already made an appearance on News Chanel 8 “Let’s Talk Live” Monday, and on WTTG Fox 5 Good Day DC Tuesday.
For more information on Miss Black USA, please visit www.missblackusa.org.
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Up Your Selfie Game with Chrisette Michele at the Pose ‘N Post Symposium

IMG_6154Many of you know Chrisette Michele because of her awesome music, but did you know that she is also a genius at social media? She has a massive, organically grown following, her selfie game is flawless, and she wants to let you in on the secret of just how she does it this April during her Pose ‘N Post Symposium.

Chrisette Michele is creating a non-judgemental inviting environment where women can come together to discuss and listen to great influencers success stories and network with other bloggers, vloggers, influencers and brands in their communities.

Michele is bringing out some of the top beauty and marketing YouTubers and IG royalty, to share their incredible climb up the social media ladder, and their ideas on fashion, hair and everything feminine.

Pose 'N Post PromoWhat’s Included:
You can expect a cocktail hour with free drinks and pink snacks, and a panel discussion with YouTube’s Ambrosia Malborough, an Arizona based Jewelry Designer and an Advocate of all things Beauty and Style; and Beauty and style blogger Lover4fashion.

Each attendee will walk away with not only new inspiration but also empowerment towards building their brands. With sponsors such as The Mane Choice, Lamik Beauty, Abode Candles, Voga Italia Wines and Kamasutra Vodka, this event is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who attend.

Subjects that will be covered:

  • Natural Hair in the professional Environment
  • a Selfie Class and App Editing 101
  • YouTube growth success and Building a Positive Social Media Community

Being a college attendee herself, from Long Islands Five Towns College, Chrisette Michele and sponsors will donate a portion of the ticket sales to 8 book and wardrobe scholarships for young women beginning their
college journey. By aiding young women towards using the skills they learn and enhancing upon them, Pose ‘N
Post will help eager young professionals to reach the audience they want and entice new followers and clientele towards their dream business.

Click here to purchase your tickets. Use Discount Code: FASH50 for 50% off. Diamond Ticket holders* will receive a very special gift bag full of goodies from Chrisette Michele at the end of each evening. This gift bag is in addition to the PNP gift bag all attendees will receive.

*A Diamond Ticket holder is anyone who purchased a ticket at the $90 price.

Johanna’s Mama will be covering the event at the DC location. If you will be there please let me know below, on twitter, or on fb. I would love to meet you!

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Dancing On The Tables

I have a confession to make. Ever since I was a child I was petrified to have a party. As I have mentioned quite a few times, I am an introvert, but I LOVE people. I have a true affinity for [smart] people. But I’ve always been afraid to have a party because I feared no one would show up. That is a nightmare of mine. That is also why I make it a point to go to everyone else’s party. I want them to know that I love them and I care, even if no one else shows up. However, this summer I put my big girl panties on and decided to have a party. There are quite a few friends of mine that I don’t get to see very often. A lot of us have kids, or are just generally busy. I missed them and wanted to get them together just to relax, eat, drink and be merry!

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It went down this weekend and I am so ecstatic. I had a party and people came. They really came! And they liked it. They actually liked it! Yes, i do realize I sound like a 5 year old, but it’s so serious for me. I had a great time, and they said they did as well. I love planning events, but I really only plan other peoples since I have my own business as an event planner. This was one of the first times I did it for myself.

Here are some of the pictures from the party. I of course did the decorations. The wine glasses I actually make and sale online, but I thought it would be awesome for my guests to have them in their favorite color. makeup done by my beautiful new friend Tee Jay.

I had such a great time and my confidence has been boosted. I love my friends. They totally made my weekend!

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