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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

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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Lifestyle

Woke Friend Gift Guide

Being woke never looked so good. We all know that person who thinks casual conversation starts on the topic of PTSD (post traumatic slave disorder) and ends with reparations. Or maybe you just surround ourselves with people who want the best for their community. This guide was created with them in mind.  Gift them one or all of these dope curated items to keep them fresh and enlightened while pursuing greatness.

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. A Seat at the Table
  2. Maxine the Maverick tee
  3. Black by Popular Demand windbreaker
  4. The Color of Law
  5. Essential Soaps
  6. Soapy Faith
  7. Respect, Protect, Love Black Women tee

 

xoxo, Panda

Lifestyle, Updates

7 Tips for Hosting Your First Event

 

I am in the process planning the follow-up to an event I threw earlier this year. At the end of January, I hosted a retreat for millennial women of color.  I felt compelled to create an event like this for my community and decided to take on the task.Continue reading

Lifestyle, Updates

Scrubs Magazine Feature!

Almost a month ago, Scrubs Magazine did an online search for new material for their online platform. I was a little nervous to even send anything, but I realized that I needed to just shoot my shot. The worst thing that could happen would be that they don’t pick my piece and no one sees it on their site. So, sent my submission into the magazine. The title? 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Nursing Career. Well,  two weeks ago Scrubs Magazine emailed me back and told me that my article would be going LIVE October 2nd! I could not be more excited!!! I really wanted this and am blessed to have this opportunity to share my thoughts on nursing with my colleagues. Please go check out the link below for the article and share your thoughts with me there!

I am super motivated to continue to share my creative gift with others, be it about nursing or my other passions. Thank you to Scrubs Magazine for choosing my article and giving me an opportunity.

http://scrubsmag.com/5-ways-make-most-nursing-career-nurse-amanda/

Be on the look out here for more posts here!

 

xoxo, Panda

 

 

 

Lifestyle, Updates

Hello, I’m Your Dad

 

A few days ago, I received the sweetest text from my Dad and it warmed my heavy heart. Our relationship is still new and blossoming at its own pace. Relationships between adult children and parents can be difficult, especially if that parent has been absent. I come from a single parent household. It has been my mom and I for my entire life with brief interludes my men that didn’t go the distance. So last January, when my father reached out in an attempt to connect with me, I was shocked. I always thought I would be the one to find him; to reach out to him after all these years. Come to find out, he’s been trying to find me all over social media (as best he can, he’s an older guy). It was a surreal feeling talking on the phone with the man who had a hand in creating me for ALMOST 3 HOURS. Like one hour per decade he has been absent.  I went from only child, to 1 of 6. I went from the only girl, to 1 of 3. It is crazy to know that I am a part of a larger family; and that they know about my existence. They know my name. They have been waiting for their father, OUR father, to finally find me so that we can reunite. This is crazy and amazing all at the same time.

We met Christmas day in San Diego, CA. It was a quiet ride down. What would he look like? Will I see any of my features in him? Will we even like each other’s personalities? So many questions! All my questions, anxieties, fears melted away when my father embraced me for the first time. It was everything I needed in that moment. It was beautiful. We spent the next three hours talking about life, chatting about his childhood, and just having regular conversation. I even was able to meet my aunt! Extra, special bonus! What a blessing!

It has been almost a year since we met and we are still building our relationship. To be honest, I am still trying to remember that I have such easy access to my dad. It’s a difficult adjustment. I have talked to all my siblings, which is also an adjustment. They are all so sweet and I’m blessed to be able to call them all my siblings. I can’t wait to meet more of them face to face.

I am going to take this new chapter in my life one day at a time. I am going to keep my expectations low. I don’t want to get too excited and be disappointed. I am coming with an open heart and discernment. It’s going to be one heck of a ride people.

 

Have you ever reconnected with a long-lost relative or friend? Was your experience positive? Share your stories in the comments below.

 

xoxo, Panda

Lifestyle, Updates

Here We Go Again- Q4

Here we are again. October 1, 2017. The beginning of Q4. The last quarter of 2017. To say that time is FLYING by seems irrelevant now. That just seems to be what time does..zip by with no regard to what I have planned or want to do. So much has happened since my last blog post (a year ago- I know), and I won’t get into all the shenanigans I have been in throughout this year (let’s just say A LOT of travel and a pinch of heartbreak). I realized that though there are a lot of changes, one thing remains constant – my desire to be creative. This does not always equate to consistency and follow through on my part. I cannot make this blog or brand what it could be if I’m not consistent. I have many stories and lessons to share, so look out for more CONSISTENT content.

 

How do you stay consistent? What are some tricks you use to stay on track? Share them in the comments below.

 

Xoxo, Panda

 

PS: I have exciting news to share tomorrow! Can’t wait to share!

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