Friday Five: So Many Shows!


Hi friends!  I’m sorry I didn’t post last week; I started the post, but couldn’t come up with five things I liked from the week.  Full disclosure, I spent all week applying for jobs – I got laid-off the week before last.  So, needless to say I wasn’t in a great head space…but I’m better now…ish.

One: New Shoes

I ordered these handmade Margarita Huarache shoes back in May, & just got them in!  They are so beautiful & so comfortable.  They have a pretty strong smell (leather) when you first take them out of the box, so I suggest letting them air out a bit.

Two: Patio Chips

Y’all, I’m so excited that Trader Joe’s finally brought back my favorite summer seasonal chips – Patio Chips!  At first glance they sound terrible, especially ketchup flavored chips, but I promise I have yet to eat a chip that tastes like ketchup. IMG_2505

Three: Netflix

The Babysitters Club: oh, so nostalgic.  I LOVED the original BSC tv show in the 90s.  I watched this show with a 13 year old & she approved.  Although, she did say, “they are so dramatic.  No one my age has this much drama.”  Hahaha.  The only thing I couldn’t get over was that Dawn wasn’t a blonde.  Otherwise, beautifully done. 1178C0F0-16BF-4A4A-A6FD-A0E44FE1E823_4_5005_c

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia: watch this if you are missing Girl Meets World or Baby Daddy.  Fun fact: it is totally the same house as the one in 2 1/2 Men.  I also watched this show while babysitting a 13yo. BA1B5FAE-61F3-47FF-90F8-321839B0CFED_4_5005_c

Never Have I Ever: This has been on my list since it came out; y’all know how I love Mindy Kaling (she created the show).  This show is so, so, so good & has already been renewed for Season 2!  The soundtrack is also amazing. 7F351495-6C9C-4A5B-BA2B-C2F4A02D42BD_4_5005_c

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich: whew!  This one was a doozy.  Let’s just say Jeffrey Epstein is a disgusting pedophile & I’m glad he’s dead.  If Ghislaine Maxwell dies in jail too, then it is definitely a cover up. 9655981E-865C-4718-8D3B-785D02BC637F_4_5005_c

Four: Hulu

Taste The Nation: Padma Lakshmi visits different cities all over the US learning about the food that makes that city special.  She dives deeper by delving into race, culture, etc.  This show is so beautifully done. EA421CC0-AB73-441A-9BF2-35056A59D2B0_4_5005_c

The Great: this is a satirical dramedy about Catherine the Great, the longest running female ruler of Russia.  Elle Fanning is perfect.  This show is a little more gross than I’d like in terms of blood, but is so fun.  This show highlights a theory that I’ve been working on – Egos ruin the world.D57CB652-8630-46AD-ADC6-2ED2134B6739_4_5005_c

Five: Amazon Prime

Modern Love: I loved this show!  There is 8 episodes, & each episode focuses on a different person or couple & their journey with romance.  The last episode ties them all together.  It was just so well done, I cannot recommend it enough. C3C6B819-3A5D-46AB-88B5-39A85FEDCE65

What have you been watching?

I hope you all have a good weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Only 2 Things


Hi friends.  If I’m being honest, and I am, this week sucked.  A lot.  I’m not ready to share the nitty gritty of it all on here just yet, but it sucked.

So, I only have two things this week to share & as per usual I am probably last to the party on both of these.

One: Brittany Runs a Marathon

I finally watched this movie on Amazon Prime, & it was so heart warming.  I laughed.  I cried.  I had a hard time with the love interest because it’s Mindy’s little brother Rishi from The Mindy Project.  The movie chronicle’s Brittany’s life for a year or so, while she tries to get her sh*t together.  This movie is so, so worth the watch. D75112C8-E162-4E82-A018-AE5CE51927A8

Two: Upload

After seeing 87,000 ads for this show while finishing The Mindy Project, I finally caved & watched.  Season 1 has about 10 quick 30-ish minute episodes.  Guys, we are screwed if this is what 2033 will look like. D58C98D9-A358-40D0-998C-5DCAABF9FB12

Okay, so it’s the year 2033 & we live in a Jetson’s like society.  Basically, you can decide to go to Heaven or you can upload to Lakeview when you are on the brink of death.  If you choose to upload they freeze your body & you live in an in-between kind of state in Lakeview until your loved ones either pass or upload as well.  I’m not describing this well, so you just need to watch it.  But, there is intrigue, love, murder (maybe?), & the people are HOT.

Now, who has a Disney+ login I can borrow to watch Hamilton this weekend?

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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My Second #OOTD

Hi friends!  So, I initially planned to post my #OOTD everyday, or at least every week, but that clearly didn’t happen.  Whomp, whomp.  When I did my first #OOTD post, I worked in a corporate environment; now I work from home.  I’m one of those people, you know the kind, that dresses in jeans & makeup M-F, to differentiate from the weekends.  Today, I’m kinda feeling myself, so here we are.  Ha! IMG_2388

Top: Lou & Grey Fingerstripe Poncho Sweater – it’s currently 40% off at Loft!  Code: HBDUSA

Jeans: Madwell Stovepipe Jeans – these are my very favorite jeans, & they’re sold-out.  These are the same style minus the frayed hem.

Sandals: Tory Burch Miller Flip-flop – wait for a sale

Watch: Olivia Burton Bracelet Watch, 38mm

Phone Case: Digital Nomad Corner iPhone Case

Am I cute or what?  I kid.  I’ll see y’aka back here on Friday, for my Friday Five!

Have a good week!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Gua Sha


Hi friends!  How has your week been?  It has been rainy & cool(ish) here; I am loving it!  I love rainy weather so much.  It makes me grab a coffee or glass of wine, a blanket, a book, the TSF radio station on Alexa, & the fireplace app on my TV.  The wing 9, of my enneagram 1 self, loves all things cozy.

Anyway, shall we move along to my favorite things from the week?

One: New Foundation

Based on the recommendation of Kathleen Jennings, I bought a new foundation.  The Kevyn Aucoin foundation balm is so awesome!  A very little bit goes a long way, and you can layer more on for fuller coverage.  I wear Light FB 02 – but I might try 03 next time.  It covers my blemishes & malasma so well! 8BD0051F-5B57-4C39-9D48-DE1B04E9B04B

Two: Get A Life Chloe Brown

Y’all, I started reading Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.  I love this book so much! Chloe has fibromyalgia & the book chronicles how it has affected her life and love life.  We follow Chloe as she takes back control of her life & falls in love along the way. IMG_2336

The second book dropped this week following Chloe’s sister Dani – Take A Hint Dani Brown.  I can’t wait to start that this weekend!

Three: Gua Sha

Back in February, I bought these Gua Sha (pronounced Gwah-Sah) tools…and promptly put them in a drawer & forgot about them.  Earlier this week Kathleen Jennings did an IG Live with Jennifer Adell; Jennifer did a demonstration on how to use the Gua Sha tools.  I’m now such a fan.  It helps with lymphatic drainage, puffiness, acne, & wrinkles!  Yes please!

Four: Flowerbed Updates

In Quarantine, I was not one of those people that made bread or worked out a ton.  I focused on my garden/flowerbed.  My flowerbed is huge & is the only part of my yard that gets full sun.  My front yard & back yard have about 12 trees each.  So, I dug up old rose bushes (that had trees/weeds growing amongst them too), a sago palm tree, & a bunch of weeds.  Y’all already know about my tower garden, which is doing so well (!!!), but have now also planted oleanders (very drought tolerant), & Bradford pear tree (looks good each season), a bougainvillea (that has ombre pink flowers) & training it to go up a trellis, a slew of flowers, and all the mulch.

The first photo is right after I planted some of the oleanders.  The middle picture is what it currently looks like, & the last photo is a close up of the flowers.

Five: New Podcast

I’m listening to another new podcast – you know I love them so much. 2C552094-0CC1-44C6-8264-18C406B8E65F_1_201_a

So, y’all know I’ve listened to podcasts to educate myself on the atrocities that Black people have endured from 1619, etc.  Well, Higher Learning discusses current events & Black culture, and so much more.  I come away from each episode having learned something new.  Also, Rachel Lindsay was one of my Top 3 favorite Bachelorettes.

Okay, that’s it for the day.  With COVID cases ticking back up, I hope y’all stay home if you can, wear a mask, & wash your hands.  Have a good weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Celebrate Juneteenth

E69E6C8C-FE02-48C9-9B30-10EAA1E1DDBF_4_5005_cHi friends!  It has been a quiet week around here, & I’m not mad about it.  I’ve been doing lots of early morning work in my flower bed; it gets too hot so early, but once I finish I’ll show the before & after pictures.

Let’s get to my favs from the week,  shall we?

One: Podcast 

Okay, as part of my continued education I’ve been listening to the podcast 1619.  It is six episodes, & each episode delves into different parts of systemic racism – everything from Capitalism to music.  It is truly fascinating. IMG_2279

Two: Books 

This week we were encouraged to purchase two books by Black writers. 3F070136-3961-4660-9BAF-339E2C0A62C4

This week I bought Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.  All three books were recommended by Ashley Spivey, whom you should absolutely follow on IG. FDDFD252-52AE-4E02-BD11-27E2A7CEE413_1_201_a

Three: Ring 

I discovered a new jewelry shop from @WhatKateFinds.  Soko is sustainable, woman owned, & Black owned.  This new ring is on its way to me & I am so excited! C817F686-C69F-4E09-A103-41248886C94C

Four: Another Podcast

I’ve written before about my affinity for the Bad on Paper podcast.  Well, one of the hosts, Becca & her friend Rachael, wrote, directed, & produced a new podcast – RomCom Pods!  It’s basically a Hallmark movie in podcast form & I love it!  Go support them now! IMG_2252

Five: New (to me) Music

As usual, I’m late to the party, but I have recently discovered new music – MisterWives.  I’m currently listening to the Our Own House album on repeat, yes it is from 2015.  Like I said – new to me. IMG_2278

A reminder – today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery.  I follow Anna Groves on IG (@annamaegroves) & she posted great info on Juneteenth. IMG_2281IMG_2282IMG_2283IMG_2284

I hope y’all have a great weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Verrier Tuckernuck


Hi friends!  How was your week?  It was a “big” week over here – I did a Zoom call with a couple of friends for Brigitte’s birthday, after 8 years of living in my house I finally learned my neighbors names (I talk to them all the time), & I dug a sago palm tree out of my yard!  Y’all, I’m still quarantining, for the most part, so this constitutes as a big week.  Haha!

Let’s get to my five favorite things!  ***Side Note: last week I shared about the show Dear White People – Season 4 (final season) should come to Netflix this fall.

One: I tried a new recipe

This week I tried a new recipe, & y’all it was the best thing I’ve made so far in 2020.  The recipe for Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken is from Half Baked Harvest – you can find it here. 6B1783B3-320A-42EB-9DA9-CA7AFB61F1BF

I was so eager to eat this that I didn’t even take a real picture, only IG’d it.  I’m not a huge fan of chicken, & honestly this would be just as good without the chicken.  I cut the recipe in half as I am terrible about eating leftovers.

Two: 13th

Whew, this documentary was necessary to watch, but it was a tough hang. C565381C-941D-4ACE-880F-9C41051A24FB

“An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.”  This doc is about the 13th Amendment & how we (white people) basically found a loophole to legally use “slave labor” by using prisoners.  This is part of the reason why we are where we are today in terms of being poor, mentally ill, black, or an addict lands you in jail.  It is very eye opening.

Three: Verrier Handcrafted

Okay, @verrier_handcrafted_ is one of my favorite follows on Instagram.  Ashleigh is a beautiful artist that creates such whimsy & beauty in her art.  You can purchase here – I have two pieces & want more. IMG_2214

Isn’t her IG feed amazing?  Ashleigh likes to take her girls, right now it is Coco, on “trips” in IG Stories.  Right now, Coco is in Paris.  Follow her & be delighted!

Four: NPR podcast


I listened to this podcast recently, specifically this episode.  Y’all, I learned more in this hour than I did in any History class I took in school.

Five: New earrings

As my obsession with Nantucket grows…I bought a new pair of earrings from Tuckernuck; I had been eyeing them for a while & finally bit the bullet.  I’m obsessed!0255FC97-E4ED-43B2-86D2-D3FF3999BAC3

What was your favorite thing from the week?  I hope you have a great weekend!  It will be very hot in Texas this weekend – yea (written with a huge eye roll).

As we go forward, I will continue to sprinkle in at least one weekly favorite from a BIPOC business/podcast/movie/book.  This will be done as my education continues to grow.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Learning & Listening

E69E6C8C-FE02-48C9-9B30-10EAA1E1DDBF_4_5005_cHi friends!  Last week I promised to be a better ally for my fellow black Americans.  Today’s Friday Five is a list of the five things I’ve done so far.  I have spent the last week+ educating myself to be a better ally & to be anti-racist.  It is overwhelming, but sometimes the necessary things are the hard things.  My eyes have been opened & I hope to open yours.

One: Dear White People

Dear White People is a show that is funny, smart, informative, heartbreaking, sexy, relatable, & so much more. 3517B6DB-F0FB-48B4-BC07-CCFB85286EDC

There is language, sex, & drug use – so don’t watch with kiddos.  Three seasons, 10 episodes each – you can binge it this weekend, & I demand that you do.  You can watch it on Netflix.  Season 4 (the final season) should be coming out in the Fall.

Two: White Fragility

I bought the book White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.  This book is an innovative analysis of the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism. IMG_2155 7

I will be reading this book this weekend.

Three: Diversifying my IG

I have spent the last week diversifying who I follow on Instagram.  I’m ashamed it wasn’t’t more diverse to begin with.  Here are 3 people I really enjoy following, unrelated to our current situation.

  1. @simplicityfordesigns – Gbeke is a DIY Home Blogger from Dallas, TX.  Follow her blog here.  Isn’t this wall a dream come true?!? IMG_2145

2. @_happygocurly_ – Ailsa is a certified nurse & midwife in the DC area (soon to be Miami).  Ailsa is also a military wife.  She has such a kind soul.  Ailsa has been volunteering to answer questions on things we can do on IG – please make sure its not something Google-able.IMG_2157

3. @tarynnewton – Taryn is a blogger from the Dallas area.  You can check out her blog here.  She is a mother of 3 boys & has another boy due any second.  Her stories on how to raise black boys in today’s America is so hopeful. IMG_2156

Four: Black Owned Businesses

  1. Lucille’s – – this is a Houston, TX restaurant.  I love their brunch!
  2. Twisted Grilled Cheese – – a Houston based food truck.  I can’t wait to try the smokehouse brisket grilled cheese.
  3. Clare Paint – – this is a favorite of DIYer @prettyonfridays.  Nicole Gibbons, the founder, is an interior designer that decided to make paint easier to shop & get.
  4. Motherland Essentials – – all natural skincare & soap shop in Charleston, SC.

Five: Donations

  1. Campaign Zero ( data proves that together these eight policies decrease police violence by 72%.
    1. Ban chokeholds & strangleholds
    2. Require de-escalation
    3. Require warning before shooting
    4. Exhaust all other means before shooting
    5. Duty to intervene
    6. Ban shooting at moving vehicles
    7. Require use of force continuum
    8. Require comprehensive reporting
  2. Black Lives Matter –
  3. Color of Change –
  4. Houston Community Bail Fund –
  5. Sephora is allowing you to donate your Beauty Insider Points to the National Black Justice Coalition.

I hope this post sparks change in you, as it has done for me.  Please continue to learn, listen, & share.

Have a great weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Poppin’ Cherries


Hi friends!  Whew!  This week has been a total dumpster fire, I am so glad it’s over.  I don’t even have it in me to write out “chit chat,” so let’s get straight to the reason we’re all here. 😉

One: Hot Honey

Have y’all tried hot honey?  Maybe I’m late to this game, but hot honey is the new buffalo sauce in my opinion.  I’ve been using Mike’s Hot Honey, but are there any other brands I need to try?  Honey in general is so good for you, but this particular brand is paleo & gluten free.  I don’t have any gluten issues (thankfully), but I am definitely more conscious about GF products, & often buy them – there are so many good choices on the market these days!

So far, I have used the hot honey on fish, bacon in a BLT, onion rings, & hushpuppies.  Next, I’m going to try it on roasted Brussel sprouts.  Any other foods I should try it on?

Two: My new favorite T-shirt 229997DF-BAAD-4FD9-A32D-BFEAB91CB8EB

I ordered this shirt & wore it for the first time earlier this week.  The staff at Trader Joe’s loved it!  It received quite the chuckle.

Three: Cherry Season!

Cherry season is here & I could not be more excited!  Specifically, I’m excited about Rainier cherries!  They are my favorites.IMG_2072

I bought 2 lbs. from Trader Joe’s & have already eaten at least half a pound.

Four: Bell peppers for everyone

Aren’t my little babies so cute?!? IMG_2073

Isn’t it funny how much the bottom bell pepper already has the shape of a fully grown bell pepper?  These will eventually be orange & I am so excited!  I could basically eat bell peppers like chips.  I don’t…but I should.

This week I have been learning all about boy flowers & girl flowers, after my zucchini shriveled up & died.  The zucchini flowers never got pollenated. 😦 So, now I’m basically trying to get my yellow squash knocked up.  Also, I’m singing “Reproduction” from Grease 2 over & over in my head.  “…make my stamens go berserk. Reproduction. Reproduction.” HAHA.

Five: How to know if you’re racist

My heart has been so heavy this week, so I want to end this post on a serious note.  What has happened over the last few days, even the last month, to our POC friends is disgusting.  It’s always disgusting.  Every. Single. Time.  This has been a particularly gross time, as all of these incidents have been recorded.

George Floyd
Christian Cooper (still alive)
Breonna Taylor
Ahmaud Arbery

This is a very small list of men & women of color who did not deserve what happened to them.  We only know about them become someone filmed it.  What about all the ones we never hear about?IMG_2049

Every time a white person starts a story with, “I was talking to a black guy…”  That is covert racism, & totally unnecessary and irrelevant to the story.  Try saying, “I was talking to a person the other day…”  Using the n-word is overt racism – also completely disgusting.

I’m not perfect, not by any means, but I do not believe we are born hating anyone else – this is learned over time.  As a person of privilege, I am pledging to no longer let this go unchecked.  I will call it out & I am learning to be a better ally.  What are you going to do?

Thanks for coming to my TED Talk. 😉 Let’s be more kind & better educated going forward.  I hope you have a marvelous weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: I’m not an Oompa Loompa


Hi friends!  I don’t know about where you live, but it is already HOT in Texas!  I feel like I’m getting sunburned as soon as I step outside – it’s too soon for this. 😦 Can I quarantine at the North Pole for the summer?

Anyways, on to my favorite things from the week…aside from my garden of course!

One: A very un-Casey DIY

A few weeks ago I told y’all to follow @philip_or_flop on Instagram.  He does DIY projects, on the weekends, around his home to customize his builder grade house.  Many of his projects are like ASMR to me, I could watch him power wash stuff all day.

A couple weekends ago he used 45% strength vinegar (really strong) to kill some grass that had creeped into his flower beds.  Earlier this week I tried it myself.  Y’all, my grass & weeds died within a couple hours!  Now I plan to till up the weeds, put soil down, plant a tree, & mulch the rest of the bed.

I’m debating between a redbud tree & a Bradford pear.  Both flower & have pretty color in the fall, but the redbud is smaller.  I’m leaning towards the redbud because I can plant it within 8 feet of my house.  Any tree recommendations for the Houston, TX area? IMG_2034

Two: Olive & June’s summer colors!

Have you seen Olive & June’s new summer line?  So pretty!!! 5D2788B7-E0CE-4EB2-9D72-F625C5A456B6

I’m ordering at least 3 of these.

Three: Maren Devine

I have a new artist I’m obsessed with – Maren Devine.  I’m debating which will be my next art piece.

I’m debating on these three pieces:

Four: Self Tanner

Because of @things.i.bought.and.liked, I have finally found a self tanner that does not make my super fair skin look like an Oompa Loompa.

Tan-Luxe The Gradual is awesome!  It does not have a strong smell, & the lotion is very thin & runny so you can move it around a lot before it fully soaks in.  I haven’t had any issues with it staining clothes or furniture.

You can see here where I didn’t spread it out so well on my forearm. IMG_2033

Five: Salads

We are getting to that time of year where all I want is salad.  It’s cold & crunchy & I can’t get enough.  I made a random salad the other day that turned out delicious.

Here’s what I made: arugula & Swiss chard from my garden, romaine leftover in my fridge, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, radishes, couscous, feta cheese, topped with baked falafel, & a lemon vinaigrette.  So so good!

I hope you enjoy this holiday weekend, which I just figured out yesterday.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Grasping at Straws


Hi friends!  I hope your week went well.  What is this, week 267 of quarantine?  Are things reopening where you live?  How do you feel about it?  I had an adventure with a roach earlier this week & since I haven’t found the body, I feel like he (yes, it’s a boy) is crawling all over me.  It gives me the heebie jeebies.

Let’s get into this week’s favorites…

One: Taco ‘Bout It! 

Y’all, I made the coconut cauliflower tacos from the Fraiche Food Full Hearts cookbook from Jillian Harris & Tori Wesszer.  I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty these tacos were.  In fact, everything I’ve made from this cookbook has been delicious. 1A27E05A-27C3-421A-916C-135FE999C5F1

Two: Candy Straws

During this pandemic I have become obsessed with Sour Punch Candy Straws, specifically the bites.  I LOVE the bag of Rad Reds, so much so that I bought a case of 12 from Amazon.  I have a problem.  I will say they can be hard to find, which I why I turned to Amazon.  I’m not proud of myself. 97957387-4128-48BD-AA18-D36B8A91D4AB

Three: Oils Organizer

I got these new drawer organizers for my essential oils & they are awesome! IMG_1957 2

I’m going to get another set for the other drawer & then I will fully organize them.

Four: I’m officially a farmer!

Last night I made my first salad with lettuce from my Tower Garden!  I’m sure y’all are tired of me talking writing about this, but it is so exciting!  It’s like watching Photosynthesis in real time.  Science you guys, science.IMG_1949

I cut arugula, rainbow chard, & “gourmet lettuce” (whatever that is) to make a salad for dinner!  It was delicious & tasted so so fresh!

Next week I should have acorn squash, zucchini, & strawberries!  I also have a ton of mint ready to use – who needs a mojito?

Five: Big Red

Y’all, I know this is a trash drink, but Sonic now has Big Red & it is delicious!  Sonic always has the perfect ration of carbonation & ice.  Just thought you should know.

On a side note, last Sunday I bought some flowers from Trader Joe’s. 61117918909__670EC6AA-BC01-4CC4-87E3-1E56331DB241

Are these not the most beautiful bubble gum pink peonies ever?!?  I am loving them!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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