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Community, Lifestyle

Juneteenth: The History and Its Importance to Our Community

June 19th. The day after my sister’s birthday. A reminder that summer is going by way too fast. For some, it is just another day. As of recently, it has garnered a little more significance within my life. Continue reading

Finances, Lifestyle

The Downgrade to Upgrade

 

I recently withdrew from my Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program because I did not know if it was the direction I wanted my career to go anymore. It was a difficult decision, but one that gave a sense of peace once I went through with it. A few weeks went by before the reality hit that my monstrous amount of student loan debt would be in repayment. During my undergraduate studies, I took out loans. Some I needed, some I could have gone without. I paid for my entire nursing license with student loans…so.many.student.loans. I attended a private school that had an accelerated direct entry master’s program for people with non-nursing degrees. I wanted to go the community college route and pay WAY less, but the admission process isn’t the best. So I went for my masters; something I knew I wanted anyway.

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Finances, Lifestyle

The Borrowed Life

 

Sometime last year, a friend said to me that I must be a great saver because of my future and recent travel plans. I remember smirking and telling her I actually wasn’t. I had a dirty little secret. I was living beyond my means and sadly living my best life on the excess money from my student loans. I knew that this was not the best financial decision. I knew that at some point I would have to pay back the money. I knew that I should have taken out just the amount I needed for tuition and nothing more. As you can see, the things we know we don’t always do.Continue reading

Home life, Lifestyle

5 Inexpensive Ways to Elevate Your Home Life

 

Have you ever just looked around your apartment or home and just felt blah? Now, of course you’re thankful to even have a place to live, but you just aren’t excited about your home life at the moment. Now that spring has sprung, the décor could use an update, but you don’t really have the funds. You actually need more space, but again, funds are scarce. I am in the same rut at this moment, BUT I came up with five ways to revive your space without spending tons of dinero. Some of these you can implement as soon as you’re done reading this post…but only after you read this post, HA!

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Guest Posts, Lifestyle

Black Business Spotlight!

Kyra's Shea Medleys
Today, we are highlighting Kyra Young of Kyra’s Shea Medleys! With wonderful products that can be used on your skin AND hair, her products have you covered from head to toe. Organic, cruelty free, and vegan. What more can you ask for? Oh, superb customer service is standard with this business, so you’re taken care of on all fronts. Also, they give back to the community in a BIG way! For every purchase made, products are donated to local nonprofits, homeless shelters, charities, and clinics in America. That’s major! I have no doubt that you will be a fan of Kyra and her products very soon.

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Guest Posts, Lifestyle

Black Business Spotlight!

February has the honor of being crowned Black History Month. A time for people of color to celebrate all the wonderful contributions made to the world through our very existence. We have overcome and prospered in the face of adversity and many hurdles towards building a legacy of our own. I wanted to start highlighting some black own businesses that not only provide quality products, but are shining examples of our inherit tenacious and enterprising spirit.

Yum Yellow Cake

My first spotlight will be on the owner of Yellowcake Desserts, Lasondra Wilson. She is a California native, residing in Concord, CA by way of southern CA. She has taken her passion for food and turned it into a budding bakery that offers out of this world flavor combinations with quality you can taste.

Read her interview below to get to know this business owner, then place your order! And while you’re at it, leave a comment below wishing her a happy birthday. She’s a Valentine’s Day baby, so she gets twice the love!

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Lifestyle, Updates

5 Tips to Get Reacquainted with Your Home

The holidays can bring frequent travel. Packing, unpacking, and repacking can seem like all you’ve done the last two months. I know when I travel, I miss simple things like the natural sunlight that shines through my windows. I don’t realize how much I miss waking up in my own bed. It can surely feel like a treat. With all the time away, you may feel the need to get reacquainted with your home. Here are five tips I use to get back in the groove of being home and falling back in love with my place.

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Lifestyle

DIY Friend Gift Guide

Listen. DIY is life. Well, at least my life. It is very satisfying creating something with my hands. I am sure we all have a friend that says, “I can make that for WAY less,” once a week. Bulk up their supply closet with the necessities. Every good craftsman needs good tools. This gift guide will guarantee they help you with every diy project you end up tackling. I’m sure of it.


Gifting just got easier! The links below will send you directly to the merch itself or a narrowed down list of the item listed. Get ready to be the best gift giver this season!

  1. Liquid leaf paint
  2. Cutting mat
  3. Scissor sets
  4. X-acto knife
  5. Pompom maker
  6. Silhouette
  7. Bonus: Another machine for variety that is just as great- Cricut
  8. Craftsy
  9. Black & Decker tool set

 

xoxo,Panda

Lifestyle

Bookworm Gift Guide

I remember when I longed to just read for pleasure when I was in school. Then I remember when I was so turned off from reading so much in school, I vowed to never pick up a book again once it was over. This guide is not for people like me. This guide is for people who take their book on vacation and read on the beach. A good night consists of a book and a glass of wine. Those who prefer books over people deserve great gifts too. Use this guide to be added to the list of people they like outside of created characters.

Gifting just got easier! The links below will send you directly to the merch itself or a narrowed down list of the item listed. Get ready to be the best gift giver this season!

  1. Twerk a Book tote
  2. Audible
  3. Knowledge is Power tee
  4. Kindle Fire HD 8 with Alexa
  5. We Were in Power for Eight Years
  6. Book light

 

xoxo, Panda

 

Lifestyle, Updates

Last Minute Friendsgiving Tips!

In addition to Thanksgiving dinner, you are probably invited to a few Friendsgivings celebrations. These gatherings can usually be a little more fun and lighthearted. No explaining to your family why your still single or why you haven’t upgraded your entire life yet. Most Friendsgivings are potluck style and unless you are great in the kitchen, it can be hard to know what to bring. Here is a quick list of items that can be easily made or fairly inexpensive to buy.

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