I decided to host Thanksgiving dinner this year.
I started planning in early October. First I decided I wanted to host a small group of people. Seven is more than enough to have a sit down Thanksgiving dinner. Then I selected a theme: modern, harvest, woodsy and rustic. Next I put together a menu that changed several times because my southern family wanted to eat this and that but I wanted to keep things simple with no more than five or six items. It didn’t last. I ended up adding more food to accommodate everyone. I wonder if Barefoot Contessa has this problem?
A pretty table was a must. I purchased a few home items I put off for years such as water glasses, wine glasses with stems, (the stem less glasses were used for desert,) plate chargers, holiday napkins and napkin holders that matched the chargers. To accent the table I ordered a center piece made of fresh wheat, lilies and citrus fruits. I watched cooking shows for additional inspiration. I shopped around town and on the internet for anything I needed. I received broken glasses from Amazon that I returned. I bought stuff, returned it, and bought something else. The shopping part was fun, but at the same time, I was worried I wasn’t going to find what I needed before Thanksgiving. However I was lucky. Everything was in place weeks before the big day.
The Hubs had a To Do List and to my surprise I didn’t have to remind him to complete his tasks which were mainly things to do around the house and yard.
The vegan and traditional food was delicious. I cooked the meal. My mom pitched in and prepared a couple of items and the family ate, fussed, laughed, drank and was merry! I am blessed and thankful!
I took my braids out this Summer because there was a good amount of moisture in the air and I wanted to wear my actual curls. Now that the season has changed, and it is now Fall, the climate is drier and moisture for my hair is needed. So it took my mom two days to put my hair back in box braids which makes things easier all the way around.
It’s shorter than I normally wear it because I was going for the bob look. What do you think?
I heard about the ghost tour in Old Town as soon as I moved to Albuquerque. I figured there was some type of legend of ghosts in a place called Old Town so on Halloween night we decided to experience the stories of this tourist attraction site to see if we would feel or see something interesting.
Soul sister and soul brother #1!
The Ghost Tour is about to start.
Way back in the day this tourist shop of New Mexico collectibles was a high class brothel. A new “service girl” named Scarlett was murdered here by another “service girl” because she was beautiful and popular with all of the clients. Scarlett has been seen all around Old Town naked and wearing a purple mini skirt.
Scarlett has lured several men to this door and if the men were nice or jerks she appeared in a pleasant or evil form.
A violent man murdered his good-natured girlfriend under this tree then killed himself. It is known as the “Murder Tree” in Old Town. Today the girlfriend’s kind spirit has been known to do helpful things around town just as she did when she was alive.
The Hubs with the Hatchet Lady.
After seeing her boyfriend with another woman the Hatchet Lady went crazy and chopped up the boyfriend with a hatchet. Today The Hatchet Lady is seen around Old Town haunting loving couples.
The spot where the Hatchet Lady saw her boyfriend with another woman.
The Story Teller…
I had to update some of my Juice Beauty products and along the way I decided to try a few new things just to experiment.
I have used Juice Beauty on and off for years but I returned a couple of years ago and decided to maintain this brand as my go-to for skin care necessities.
Juice Beauty is great because the products are organic and they do wonders for my skin without harsh ingredients doing who knows what to my face and organs. Plus I get more compliments, and for someone who grew up with oily acne prone skin with scars, that means a lot!
The new stuff I am trying for the first time includes Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil. I use this anti-aging product at night to remove make up. It was made to clean, soften and purify while dissolving makeup. Perfect.
The other new product is the Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads. These anti-aging pads are applied at night and I have noticed a certain glow to skin. In addition, my make up goes on easier.
The last new nightly product I use is Nutrient Moisturizer. This is thick, moist and perfect for the dry, cool, fall nights in Albuquerque.
Hydration is key as we get older and I make sure to apply suitable items to my skin as I rest through the night and heal.
Tis the season for chili peppers in New Mexico!
I haven’t done to much of anything with my hair lately. I’ve been sort of lazy but in actuality a bantu knot-out is a bantu knot-out. A twist-out is a twist-out. It’s all the same and nothing really changes.
My main issue has been my issue since 2011 and that’s dry brittle hair. I have worked on achieving and maintaining moist hair for years and I am still working on it.
I’ve tried lots of products designed to keep hair moist and lustrous but nothing really worked. However, my homemade mix of raw shea butter with pure castor oil incorporated with a leave-in or regular conditioner has helped.
My curls can stay out maybe two days but after that I have to put my hair in a protective style so it can regroup and moisten up.
I am also trying to grow my hair. I take biotin and other supplements and vitamins but at the moment nothing seems to be working right now.
I’m keeping it real. Maybe I’ll get an afro weave one day.
I decided to take on a project and reorganize my wedding albums. I bought new photo albums, organized all of our Essence magazine articles and ordered new photos. All related items were packed in a pretty storage box that included the picture books, invite, ceremony booklet, garter belt, photographers’ selected photo book, reception gift and our wedding website and videos on disks. Tissue paper made of our wedding colors protects the items for years to come. #MarriedLife #FunProject #Memories
I couldn’t resist posting this. Maia graduated from puppy obedience training Best In Show!