Five Friend Dates Ideas (that don’t include going out to dinner!)

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Here’s a quick list of Friend Date Ideas that are simple, but fun. It’s important to change it up sometimes and see your friend in a different light. By doing this, you’re bound to find out something new about who they are. Making memories together by doing something out of the ordinary is special.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love going out to a delicious dinner and sip cocktails, but sometimes I’m looking to do something different with my friends.

Aren’t you?

Well then, check out the list below.

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Changing the Narrative Around “Thanksgiving” in my Family.

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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Why don’t I know more about Native American History?

There is so much history I NEVER LEARNED.

I’m no historian, but there’s Google, documentaries, books, and other resources I can tap into.

One thing for sure, I will acknowledge and honor Native Americans history, which includes mourning the unnecessary deaths of people who were forced off their land.

This year has been WILD, and if there’s one thing I’ve most definitely learned, is that I NEED to be even more intentional. So, this is the perfect year to officially start changing my mindset and focusing on what “Thanksgiving” means to me.

Much of the country will likely continue to celebrate Thanksgivings false past and never acknowledge the truth behind the Holiday. I hope I’m wrong, but in the meantime, what I can control is what I do in my own home.

I’m starting with renaming “Thanksgiving” to “Family Day.” We’ve changed 4th of July to Family Day as well. It may sound unnecessary to you, but it really does help you refocus on what’s important. The one thing I do love about these holiday’s is spending time with my family and friends.

On Family Day in November, we will spend time in nature, appreciating Mother Earth, meditating, and really focusing on giving glory to God. I’ve read probably 50+ articles so far on the topic of Thanksgiving and there’s one by Sean Sherman that I thought was insightful and a great starting point for me personally.

To be honest, I’m starting with the basics. I’m just starting to dig into understanding when and why did we ever start celebrating Thanksgiving? What’s the truth behind the whole feast and how were Indigenous People involved? So far, my research is shining a light on all the false information that was shoved down our throats in school. This is why it’s important to do your own research. As 33-year-old Black women, I know this to be true in everything. We (Black People) have been lied on, lied to, and been made to be “the bad ones” all the time, so RESEARCH IS EVERYTHING. Black people have a rich history that also hasn’t been taught in schools, so I know Indigenous people’ history is rich as well, and I’m determined to soak in as much information as possible.

Moving forward, on November’s Family Day, my focus will be on my loved ones and nature. Acknowledging that no matter where I am in North America, I am on Indigenous land, PERIOD. Prayer, reflection, native foods, educating myself on Native American History, and giving back to the community (volunteer or donate to a cause that will directly affect Indigenous People) is a must.

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The day will be spent giving thanks. By that, I mean really focusing on gratitude, not just for the one minute during prayer before stuffing ourselves with way too much food.

The focus must shift.

How are you planning to change your mind set about Thanksgiving this year?

Until Next Time…

@discovercharmcity

Alysha

xoxo

Summer is Almost Over!

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I can’t believe it. Summer 2020 has come and gone so quickly. No worries though, you still have time to cross off an adventure or two from your bucket list before Tuesday, September 22nd.

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Practical Gifts For Your Hunny!

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I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day!

It’s so fun to me.

Typically I’m prepared, but this year I dropped the ball.

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You Need Gal Pals… Believe Me!

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I love all the women in my life for so many reasons.

I use to be the girl that would say dumb shit like ” I get along much better with guys!”  Meaning I don’t like hanging with girls. I cringe when I think about that statement now.
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I Can’t Believe It’s December!

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I can’t believe it’s December! I swear it was just the 4th of July yesterday!

Time is flying by, and the holiday’s will come and go in a flash. To make sure I’m being intentional with my time, I wrote down a few activities and traditions that I don’t want Aaron and I to miss out on this year.

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Time to Activate: Tips on how to regain focus!

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Recently, I woke up and had to have a serious conversation with myself.

Do you ever have to do that?

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Spa’rty at Live Casino Hotel & Spa

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My friends and I booked a half day “Spa’rty” experience at Live Casino Hotel & Spa and had the most relaxing day ever. Watch this video to see it all!

Self-care can come in a lot of different forms, and my favorite kind of activity is spending time with my girlfriends. I mean real quality time catching up, motivating, and uplifting each other to continue pushing towards our goals.

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Gifts For Your Practical Friend!

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I’m the girl that likes receiving gift cards for my birthday and Christmas because then I can go get something I really like or need. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate any gift given, but only a few people really understand my style, so I’d rather make it easy for the people around me and request gift cards.

Every year my parents ask me what I want for Christmas, and I always say “CASH please or make a payment towards my student loans/debt” – haha, but seriously, that’s the best  gift to me. Getting rid of my debt would be the ultimate gift! Read More

Live! Casino + Hotel

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Initially when I found out that Live! Casino was opening a hotel, I turned my nose up at the idea. I just couldn’t wrap my head around how a hotel could be relaxing if it was connected to a casino at Arundel Mills.

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Boy, was I wrong! I was invited to the grand opening, and of course I wanted to be nosy and see what all the hype was about so I attended. During the hotel tour, I was BLOWN away at how elegant it was. I knew right then and there that I would have to do a staycation at the Live! Casino & Hotel.

The opportunity came and I was able to book a one night stay at the hotel, relax at the spa, see Tracy Morgan live, and eat at The wonderful Prime Rib.

The experience was awesome! I was skeptical at first thinking that I wouldn’t be able to fully relax because of the casino, but that just wasn’t the case at all. As soon as I stepped into the hotel the calm atmosphere immediately helped my stress level decrease.

The rooms were spacious, chic, and very stylish. To best suit your needs, the hotel offers different types of room options.

Make sure to when you book your stay you also schedule at least one rejuvenating treatment at Live! Casino Hotel’s beautiful spa. The experience was absolutely fabulous. I wanted to stay there all day! I 100% plan on booking another full day of relaxation at the spa very soon.

After the spa we went back to our room and got dressed for the night. We decided to go eat at The Prime Rib which is located in Live! Casino. Again, one of the awesome things about the casino is that when you’re on the actual casino floor you’re amongst everyone having a good time, all the hustle and bustle, the lights, and the music, but is soon as you enter The Prime Rib its like you’re in a different place altogether. The food was delicious and the service was excellent per usual!

After dinner we went to see Tracy Morgan on the Live! Event Center. The space seats about 4,000 people! Live! Casino schedules exciting shows, so check out their schedule to stay in the loop.

Once the show came to an end, we decided grab a cocktail and play our luck! It was so fun to play at the casino for a bit.

It was an incredible feeling to be able to walk to our room and not have to worry about driving home after such a great night.

I slept extremely well that night and even slept in the next day. I finally got the rest I needed thanks to Live! Casino & Hotel. I’ll definitely be going back.

Until next time…

xoxo

Alysha

@discovercharmcity