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  • Investing in You

    Have you ever felt bad for taking time for you? You hide in the bathroom hoping no one bothers you for maybe an extra 5 minutes. When you pull up to the house you just sit there because you need a moment and know you will not get it once you walk through those doors? Ladies, we have ALL been there. So let’s talk about it. Why do we feel bad for realizing that we need a break? Rest is vital to any human body and I'm sure you've heard that investing in yourself is one of the BEST return on investments you could ever make. In the past I've found it hard investing in myself. The mom guilt would always kick in when I chose to prioritize myself. However, I realize that where I invest my time, energy and space ends up directly impacting my well-being and those around me. ⁠ ⁠ By taking time for myself, to regroup, reconnect and recenter, I am replenishing myself- which means I am paving the way to a brighter future ⁠for everyone I come in contact with. Sometimes I have to remind myself, even God rested on the Sabbath. ;) ⁠ Here are 3 simple investments I’m making this year that have already had a big impact: ⁠ Explain to the family my plans so that we are all on board as a team. This time around I shouldn't feel guilt because everyone knows that to expect. Asking for help from my family i.e., chores, in the moment, or whenever I need help. After all, we are a team right?! ⁠Regular scheduled time off on a specific day that everyone is aware of. Get a facial, a massage, or even trying out some new skin care products! Yes, moms deserve time off! I call it Self Care Sunday!!! In the spirit of Self Care Sunday, I teamed up with Nordstrom and they are giving away a Self Care Package of Kiehl's skin care to one lucky follower!! (Don't worry, there will be many more in the future.) You will receive face wash, toner, cleansing mask, facial cream, hand salve, and finally my favorite lotion ever (Creme de Corps.) Just comment below and then, go to my Instagram post on Skin Care today, comment and use #ABGiveaway and #Kiehls in your comment. Good luck!! Winner will be announced on my story this week. ⁠Remember, you matter most and we are all in this together!! You will be amazed at how investing in you increases your productivity, self esteem and ability to love and care for others in a healthy way! Let's keep encouraging and uplifting one another! Happy Self Care Sunday!

  • Turks and Caicos

    My husband and I honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. We chose to stay at a resort which was great at the time. We had a butler who unpacked our bags, scheduled our meals, and our activities. It was a fantastic time. We met different people from all over the world and truly enjoyed all the resort had to offer! Recently we decided to revisit where we honey mooned, however, we decided to stay in a villa for safety precautions. Now that the Super Bowl was over, we were more than ready for some R & R! You may meet someone occasionally while out and about, however the encounters are way fewer and I can admit we both loved it! Here are my top 5 takeaways of choosing a home versus a resort: Walking into a villa or a home is about as simple as it can get. There's no front desk, valet, or hotel lobby. You pull up and you are there. We chose a home due to the Covid precautions. All we needed was our passport and a negative covid test within 5 days of our departure and we were off!! Once we landed, we arranged a car ahead of time for pickup and headed to the home which was only 15-20 minutes from the airport. We preferred something right on the beach and boy was it worth it! Note: All beaches on TCI are open, so note that even if you aren't right on the beach there is easy access to use the beach! Let someone else do the cooking!! We opted for a chef for the first few days. I did not want to cook at ALL!! I wanted to take a break and enjoy everything as well. Chef Ian was fantastic! He spoiled us with fresh fruit every single morning to start our day. Not to mention the smoothies, french toast, omelettes, and many other delicious meals that we were served. It truly is the way to go! I would suggest opting for a chef some days and enjoying island food on other days. It's the perfect combination and helps keep the budget reasonable. Excursions galore!!! There was never a dull moment while on the island. They offer everything from in home massages or facials to ATV exploring, island hopping, Iguana Island, fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving and much more! Reminder: Please bring your sunblock! You will need it! ;) Besides bringing sunblock, do not forget OFF!! The mosquitoes love fresh meat and let me tell you, they enjoyed my arms and legs. Note: Bring some alcohol to spray or rub on help stop the itching! I learned this trick from one of the islanders! Overall, you will love TCI! From the fresh fish to the conch salad to no high rise buildings, it is just relaxing and easy! Try shopping at the village. They not only have great sales, but also you pay no sales tax! Woot woot! Turks and Caicos was so good to us! It was the just what we needed. Gorgeous weather, beautiful water, and the sand at our toes daily! If you have young kids that are in need of babysitters or kids clubs, I would suggest a resort. However, if it's just for the two of you I know that having your own private place on the beach is the way to truly reconnect! Stay tuned for more details on the trip!

  • Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    Needed: Cruxgg Airfryer or any Airfryer of your choice! Ingredients: 1 pound of Chicken Tenders 3/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp lemon pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 cup of flour 3 eggs Directions: Preheat airfryer to 400 degrees. Set out 2 plates and a glass container for the eggs. Crack all 3 eggs in the glass container. Add 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper. Stir. Grab 2 plates and pour flour on one plate and bread crumbs on the other. Evenly distribute salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder between the two. Mix seasonings well on both plates. Grab each tender, place in flour on both sides, then dip in eggs, and finally lay in bread crumbs on each side. Place on wax paper or parchment paper. Repeat until all tenders are properly coated. Place all tenders in airfryer for 8 minutes on 400 degrees. Do not stack on top of each other. They need to properly cooked on each side which means you may or may not need to cook two separate batches depending on the size of your airfryer. After 8 minutes, flip tenders over to the other side and continue cooking for 8 more minutes. Wah-lah!!!! Tenders should look golden brown! No grease and still so delicious! Enjoy!

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