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Recently, a Facebook friend of mine posted a throwback picture of DC during the Blizzard of 1996. It was an image of a deserted street covered in several feet of snow. Cars were buried in snow up and down the street. Some were even left abandoned in the middle of the road. Unable to maneuver in the mounds of fresh snow that had blanketed the entire region. A few people were even attempting to walk in the middle of the street, going to destinations unknown.

The photo triggered so many emotions in me from that brief moment in time. I…

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Hosting a Galentine’s Day party is a great way to celebrate the women in your life. Originally, created by the character Leslie Knope on the show Parks and Recreation back in 2010, it was a fictional holiday that actually caught on in in the real world. Since then, women around the world have been gathering for Galentine’s Day parties to honor the women in their lives.

Galentine’s Day is normally observed on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. During this fun celebration, NO BOYS ARE ALLOWED. It’s a GIRLS ONLY gathering.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of…

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Back in the day, I use to have celebrity crushes like any typical red-blooded teenager with raging hormones. My preferences leaned toward what some would consider “pretty boys.” The guys with perfect everything. For example, I had crushes on men like the singer Al B. Sure, Ronald Devoe of New Edition fame, and Devante Swing from Jodeci.

The short answer is yes, you can.

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I was utterly blindsided the day my best friend Kayla casually called her friend Nia her best friend. We were at a gathering celebrating another milestone in her family’s life, and during her speech, she called Nia, her best friend. I clearly wasn’t expecting to hear that little nugget of truth and was slightly stunned. To be honest, I think my heart sank just a little. However, I didn’t react in that moment and continued to enjoy the event. I just made a mental note to revisit that feeling at a later time.

To give a little background history about…

Gift giving doesn’t have to be hard

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I absolutely love giving gifts. There is no better feeling than knowing that you have purchased the best gift for your friend or loved one. That moment when you see the look of sheer joy on their face when they first look upon their gift is PRICELESS. That’s why I get a rush from coming up with the best gift ideas.

I want everyone to have that feeling when giving gifts. Therefore, in this post, I have listed some great tips and tricks for coming up with the best gift ideas for the…

Don’t let it collect dust on a shelf

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The Backstory

Aunt Jean was my mother’s most cherished aunt, who had quite a lovely collection of teapots and cups on display in her dining room china cabinet. Each time my mother would pay Aunt Jean a visit, she would admire the display of fine china as she walked through the dining room . On a few occasions, my mother would tell Aunt Jean how much she adored her collection (I think she was secretly hoping Aunt Jean would give her one someday).

One day, my mother decided to ask Aunt Jean about the collection during one of her visits. Aunt Jean’s…

It was an experience that I will never forget

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Imagine waking up one morning completely paralyzed with fear and sadness. These feelings are so intense that you cannot get out of bed and move on with your day. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me one morning in October of 2017, which led to my four-and-a-half-day stint in the mental health ward. This fateful day and the decisions that followed are what put me on the road to an adventure I will never forget.

So, let me explain the series of events that led me down this path.


Two years prior to this dreadful morning, I was in my…

It’s a silly issue, but still a problem.

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If this were a Cookbook Addicts Anonymous meeting, I guess I would start by introducing myself. So here it goes. Hello, my name is Nestlie, and I’m a cookbook addict. Whew, that felt good to to get off of my chest (also a little embarrassing, but oh well).

Since you have decided to glance at this article, I’m assuming you are like me. If that is the case, I would like to share my story with you. If you don’t suffer from this totally frivolous issue, then maybe you will gain some insight into my situation (or at least have…

A true story.

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First, let’s address one of the many elephants in the room. Despite the article’s name, I’m not fond of being around children, especially small children. When it comes to interacting with kids, my motto has always been that I prefer children walking, talking, and potty trained — usually, age three and up. I only like being around infants for short periods of time. This requirement hasn’t changed much over the years. Until recently, when I had to make an exception to the rule. …

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I’ve never been the type of person who felt the need to chronicle my life, thoughts, or feelings in a diary or journal. I’m not compelled to verbally share my emotions; therefore, I don’t have any desire to write them down in a book for safekeeping.

As a child, I remember having a small diary around the age of ten or eleven. I don’t recall how it looked in great detail, but I recall it had the typical diary look with a tiny lock on the front, which held it together. …

L'Qia Nestlie Barrett

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