Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I found this colorful portrait rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta, on Instagram today. The love they shared is more than evident. I just wanted to take a little time to salute Dr. King and the legacy he left – spreading the gospel of life, equality and most importantly, love, all-around the world.

Spread your loving spirit today! Dr. King would be proud 🙂


Photo credit: Unknown (Instagram)


Product Review: Garner’s Garden, an all-natural body care line


Over the years, we’ve become more exposed to organic foods and natural products to enhance our bodies for the better.  Out with the old school concoctions with ingredients labels that we cannot understand, let alone actually knowing what those ‘ingredients’ are. In, with the enhanced and unrefined, handmade goodness from Garner’s Garden.

I’ve been recently introduced to these incredible products from this new, 100% all-natural, handmade body care line:

  • Whipped Body Butter (Citrus) – Promotes soft skin, lightweight and very moisturizing
  • Mineralizing Kaolin Clay – Ultra detoxifying and purifying, can be used as a face and/or body mask
  • Pre-Bath Face Oil (Lavender) – Locks moisture into skin, preventing excessive dryness after cleansing
  • Normalizing Face Oil (Lavender) – Great for removing makeup, non-greasy formula
  • Cocoa Vanilla Lip Balm – Comes in a variety of scents and keeps lips soft and supple, a must-have for everyone!

If you are particular about your bath and body products, Garner’s Garden is definitely a great brand to try. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that what you’re applying to your body is actually nourishing and beneficial.

Check out the full line of Garner’s Garden products here.

P.S. These would make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, too!

Last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Valentine's Day printable tags

Valentine’s Day printable tags

In the spirit of “Cupid’s Day” in two days (this Thursday, to be exact), I decided to compile a list of last-minute gift ideas for the man or lady in your life.  I’ve engaged in some Twitter conversations, read other blogs and mags and found that although some people claim to be anti-Valentine’s Day, most would at least want to be acknowledged in some way that they are thought of, right?

So, here are some things you can buy or make last-minute, to make your sweetie smile…

Gift ideas for the ladies:

  1. A floral arrangement of either her favorite flower or an array of unique foliage, such as sweet peas or tulips
  2. A delicious meal – Even if you’re unable to snag reservations at one of the city’s finest restaurants, a home cooked meal would be just as thoughtful (accompanied by a great bottle of wine, of course!)
  3. Anything beauty-related – All women like to “beautify” so treat her with a gift card to Sephora or ULTA or to a spa/salon. She can pick out anything from makeup, to perfume, nail polish or she can get a mani/pedi — a small pampering session makes a woman feel great!
  4. A framed photo – A great candid photo of the two of you would be cherished forever. Especially if the picture is a bit silly or capturing a special moment you two shared
  5. “Greetings with Love” – A simple card, including a hand-written heartfelt message

Gift ideas for the fellas:

  1. Sports, sports, sports! – Since most men can’t seem to live without anything sport-related, get professional sports game tickets or an ESPN magazine subscription
  2. A home cooked meal – This was mentioned as an idea for the ladies, but this also applies for the fellas. Men are impressed by a ‘from-scratch,’ homeade plate of goodness. So, get in the kitchen and show your cooking skills!
  3. Music – A lot of men favor specific genres of music, so get him an iTunes card or even create a digital or CD mix of songs that remind you of him
  4. “Let’s get physical!” *cue the Olivia Newton-John oldies song* – And, no, I don’t mean physical in that way (well, not for this particular gift idea – see #5, below). However, I do mean gitfing a personal training session or perhaps CrossFit workout classes
  5. Lingerie – Definitely not for the man to wear. But, this is actually a double-sided gift, one that can benefit both parties, for a special night, partaking in special things *wink face*

BONUS: The worst (or, not-so-thoughtful) Valentine’s Day gifts? 1. Those cheesy cardboard heart boxes with assorted chocolates. I mean, can we all agree that the assortment isn’t all that great–you bite into them and just end up spitting it out. 2. This next one is courtesy of my Twitter friends –  Gas station roses. Okay, I understand ‘it’s the thought that counts,’ but seriously, those roses always look horrible! They usually look dryed out and are so tightly-bound in that industrial plastic that the poor rose can’t even breathe! 3. Lastly, simply coming up empty-handed, with a poor excuse. There is absolutely no excuse to not do anything for someone you care about. Use this day as your catalyst –no need to max out credit cards, just be thoughtful!

Let me know your thoughts! What’s a Valentine’s Day gift, that’s guaranteed to make you smile? Have you ever received a less-than-stellar V-Day gift?

P.S. That pic above of the printable Valentine’s Day tags? They’re FREE! Check out “My Sister’s Suitcase” blog to get the link. 🙂

Photo Credit via My Sister’s Suitcase blog

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: For the Fashion Maven

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: For the Fashion Maven

This gift guide is for the ladies who like to stand out (in a good way). Here, we are showcasing a bit of flash, sparkle, studs and designer pieces. There’s definitely something for everyone and at all price points. Actually, after much thought, I think I subconsciously made this gift guide for myself. (Hint, hint: to my family & friends!)

What are your favorites?

  1. Forever 21 Faux Fox Fur Scarf $14.80
  2. TopShop Contrast Peplum Pencil Dress $96
  3. Forever 21 Faceted Hoops (Gunmetal) $4.80
  4. J. Crew Glitter Case for Iphone 4 $22.50
  5. Tory Burch Metallic Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet $95
  6. Zara Bow Belt with Studs $19.90
  7. Zara Sequinned Blazer $129
  8. Sephora Marc Jacobs Rollerball Trio Perfume Set $38
  9. Zhush “Ines” Clutch $110
  10. ALDO for Asos “Perusia” Spike Heeled Shoes  $131.93

P.S. Did you happen to notice the snowfall coming from the top of the page?? It’s so festive! I love it.