Gifts For Your Practical Friend!

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Discover Charm City practical gift guide

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.


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…




10 Experiences Before 32

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I can’t believe I will be turning 32 years old in two months. November 8th to be exact and honestly I’m getting very excited. I think its because 31 was a rough year for me. I’m finally crawling out of a weird funk. Don’t get me wrong, I had some amazing things happen over the last year, but my overall good mental health wasn’t always there. Nor do I expect to be high on happiness all the time, but I know myself well enough to understand things weren’t quite right this year. I’m on a journey of living a healthier lifestyle, being more discipline, and focusing on self care. I’m feeling so much better and ready to have a kick-ass year.

In the next two months there are a few experiences I want to have. Nothing extravagant, but activities I’ve been putting off doing for too long for no particular reason other than not being disciplined enough to execute. Enough is Enough, before November 8th, 2018, these 10 experiences hopefully will be off my to-do-list.

1.) Take a spin class. I will probably hate myself after, but I am determined to at least try it.  COMPLETED 9/8/18: 

2.) Walk to the top of the Washington Monument. I mean how can I say I love Mt. Vernon and I’ve never actually been to the top of the monument.

3.) Take a cooking class a Schola

4.) Go to a show at An Die Musik

5.) Mezcal tasting at Clavel

6.) I want to do a brew tour around Baltimore. I want to visit Suspended Brewing Company,Peabody Heights Brewery, Charm City Meadworks, Diamondback Brewing Co, Monument City Brewing, & Oliver Brewing Company. I’m always at Union or Waverly (because I love them) but it’s time for me to spread my wings haha. I consumed products from most of these breweries, but I want to actually go visit their house.

7.) Wine tasting tour. I’m leaning towards doing a mini vacay in Frederick, MD and visit wineries out there.

8.) Get a facial. I really need to make this a part of my regular skin care routine.

9.) Have a feast with friends at Cazbar and attend their Belly Dancing Show.

10.) Host a donation drive.  Completed 9/18 

I’ll keep you posted as I knock these activities off the list one-by-one.

Until next time,




Motivation vs Discipline

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Discipline over motivation in my mantra for the rest of Summer 2018. Hell, actually it’s my mantra until it is so embedded in my everyday life that I don’t even think about it anymore.

Developing more discipline will help me complete the tasks in my day-to-day that normally I try to make an excuse to push to another day. It’s getting ridiculous! I can’t live like this anymore. I want to level up, accomplish more, and use my time more wisely. Focusing on discipline is the only thing that can help me. Read More

Creating Positive Vibes

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About one year ago, I posted a similar piece about small positive changes that make big differences in your day, and I thought we all probably needed a friendly reminder. Right? Ok, ok, I really just needed to be reminded that these few tips really help my day stay on a positive track.

Maybe these small changes will truly impact your day in a positive way too.

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1. Try waking up one (1) hour earlier than you normally do to start your day. When I say get up, I don’t mean use that hour to check your Instagram feed or answer emails either. Want more? Click to continue reading!

Self-Care Staycation at Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel

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Before I go any further with my staycation post. I have to be honest… for the last two years, I’ve always said to others that I’m the laziest blogger EVER. Truth is, I’m not. I mean, I was starting to think something was seriously wrong with me because I have a million awesome ideas written down and I would never execute! I’d start writing post and either I’d complete it, never post, and it would just sit in my draft box or I’d start a post and never finished it. Why do I do this to myself? I’d post basic content just to having something on the website but nothing really that great. I’d often ponder vblogging or starting a podcast, but my procrastination I knew would just bleed over. Well finally, I came to the realization that I am just procrastinating on not taking the next leap. I’m not sure if I am scared or what’s holding me back from making the next move. Am I nervous? Probably so… I mean I like where I am now, BUT I know I am supposed to be doing something bigger. It’s starting to keep me up at night. Who knows where I will end up? Only the Big Guy Upstairs knows the ending to my story. I just know I have to commit and the TIME IS NOW. So from now on, my mind set is to treat at my blog as my personal diary that I want to share with anyone who is willing to read.

So, on to the post that hopefully will be the beginning of many more….


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Last Minute Shopping Guide: Historic Charles Street Edition

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You did it again after you promised yourself last year you’d do better… you’ve waited until the very last-minute to complete your holiday shopping. Last-minute or not, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Below are few thoughtful gift ideas that all can be found within the Historic Charles Street Corridor.
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Roam Fitness at BWI Airport

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Roam Fitness BWI Airport Location

To be honest, I really wasn’t sure how I felt about this new concept of working out at the airport before take-off … but now, after touring Roam Fitness it totally makes sense to me. This gym was amazing, super modern, and exactly what BWI airport was missing.

If you don’t have work out clothes with you, it’s all good! You can rent gear including shoes when you arrive. This accommodation is included in your gym fee.

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To be honest, I’ve been struggling lately. Everything in my life just seems to be going downhill! I’m trying to stay positive, I keep praying, and stopping myself from allowing negative vibes to take over. We’ve all been there & I know that this feeling is just temporary.

So today is much needed… I NEED to reflect and focus on what I’m thankful for in life.

I love this time of year. 

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Open Letter to My Sister!

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   This is a letter, well more like quick blurbs, for my sister who has just completed her first week of high school! I know what you’re thinking: BIG age difference…yep! My mom is bad-ass and had Madison just a few weeks before her 41st birthday! So here it goes Sis…


I love you so much girlie! I look at you and see greatness. This is going to sound so cliché but seriously, you can do whatever you put your mind to…& when you do, I know you WILL kick ass at it! Baby girl, you can become a real #bossbabe. I see it! 

Please, understand that you have a support team like no other around you! I will be your number one cheerleader, ALWAYS. I want only the best for you! My biggest hope: Believe in yourself and let your light shine through no matter what! The world is ready for you and all your talents!

 I know that some of the advice I give you below will be like, “duh!”, but as your big sister, I have to say it. As always, I’m going to be blunt with you because you deserve real ness not fluff. I want you know exactly where I stand, I have your back, I’m an open book, and you can talk to me about anything!

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