Spending the past few days in my Dad’s hometown of Jamaica has really allowed me to reflect on what’s important. While I spend most of my busy days working on this blog, on BabyBrownSugar.com and filling your social media timelines with updates about my crazy life, what really matters most to me is spending quality time and creating amazing experiences with people I love. The Cricket Wireless team, as part of their “Something to Smile About” initiative has asked me to expand on something that makes me smile. Well, being able to spend quality time with good friends & family on the beautiful island of Jamaica this week was definitely something to smile about.
I spent these last few days in Jamaica enjoying the island with a mix of good friends from back home and family in Jamaica that I hadn’t seen in YEARS including my Grandmother (pictured bottom right).
In order for me to enjoy amazing experiences like this, I have to find ways to save while still providing my family with the products and services we need. Brands like Cricket Wireless make that a little easier. They offer affordable, no contract cell phone plans like their 5 for $100 plan that allows for Unlimited Talk, Text & Data (2.5 GB high-speed per line) on 5 phone lines for $100/month (pretty awesome). Makes it easy to save money and still keep in touch with the people you love – something I’m dedicating myself to doing more of.
Enough about me. Cricket Wireless wants to know what YOU guys smile about. They’ve partnered up with everybody’s favorite media powerhouse Queen Latifah for a Twitter chat tonight, Tuesday March 10th from 8PM – 9PM EST. I’ll be participating in the chat as well so of course I want to know something YOU smile about. We’ll be chatting all things family and money-saving tips with the @CricketNation Twitter account that Queen Latifah is taking over.
Have any questions for Queen Latifah? Just tweet me with them @LoveBrownSugar!
I’ll see who I can sweet talk to get them answered for you! See you tonight on Twitter at 8PM EST for the #STSA Twitter Chat with @CricketNation! We’ll be using the hashtags #STSA and #SIGSTSA during the chat tonight so follow along with us!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Cricket Wireless via Style Influencers Group. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cricket Wireless or Style Influencers Group.
As we prepare to usher in 2015, there are a few things I’m really excited about that I know will help me have a productive and inspiring year. Though the focus around this time of year is typically on New Year’s resolutions and the “practical” things like a weight loss regimen or a great tax accountant, I’ve rounded up a few fun things that I plan to use in the New Year. Just as important to your life and your daily motivation are the images and things you surround yourself with. I wrote a post not too long ago about 3 Ways to Decorate Your Work Space and emphasized the importance of visual stimulation.
Take a peek at 5 Items Helping Me Prepare for 2015:
1. Pardon My Fro Personalized Notepad
I can’t rave about Pardon My Fro enough. This brand has some of the coolest printed stationary among other dope things. I got this notepad custom made with my name and one of my favorite PMF dolls (called Tinsley – isn’t she fly?) I’m one of those people who has to see things written down in order to process them and to eventually get them done. I know a notepad like this will help me with productivity.
2. A new camera lens for my Canon DSLR
Earlier this year, I posted on Instagram that I was looking to up my photography skills on this here blog. I asked you guys to tag your fave photographers so that I could ask them where to begin. I asked, you answered! The top recommendation via Instagram’s top photogs was for me to upgrade my current camera’s kit lens (the 18-55 mm one that comes standard with an entry level DSLR) by acquiring a 50mm lens.
I finally bought this Canon EF 50mm/f 1.8 one with a gift card I got for Christmas, and I am SO in love. Look out for better picture quality and even more amazing close-ups of my favorite products here on LoveBrownSugar.com.
3. Beats by Dre Headphones
Nothing gets me in the zone like some good hype music. Music can literally change my mood. I also find that I’m way more productive when I have a soundtrack behind me. I was so excited to receive these Beats by Dre Solo 2 headphones in pink for Christmas. They are my favorite color AND some of the best headphones on the market. I’m unstoppable now, obviously.
4. Nate Berkus File Folders
Remember when it was “back to school” time as a child? Most other kids in my class were obsessed with their new sneakers or a new haircut. Me? I was obsessed with my stationary! Folders and binders and pencils – oh my! Back in the day, you weren’t cool if you didn’t have Lisa Frank stationary. Remember that? Anyway, things haven’t changed much since second grade. I have bigger boobs and bills now, but still the same old Christina. It follows, then, that I would be hyped about some decorative file folders I found at Target from the Nate Berkus line. Cannot WAIT to put them to good use.
5. Post-It [BIG PAD]
You all probably know I’m a real stickler for creating vision boards. This one epic year, back in 2011, I created one for myself and it completely changed my life. Every goal I had placed on my board was accomplished in 12 months. It was the most astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced! Since then, I’ve been an avid believer. So when I saw this Post-It Big Pad at a recent Staples visit, I just had to grab it. I plan to use it for my own 2015 Vision Board as well as to plan out my monthly inspirations for LoveBrownSugar and BabyBrownSugar. Stay tuned for another post on that whole process right here on LoveBrownSugar.com.
Are you based in/around NYC? If so, join me at the Live Your Dream Tour this upcoming Saturday, January 10th for a live Vision Board party! I will be co-hosting this exciting event with the Live Your Dream team and I hope to meet some of you there!
Click here to purchase tickets!
What inspires you? What items get your inspirational juices flowing when it’s time to work? Leave a comment!
Now that I’m a fly momma to a little princess, everything I do and use in my day-to-day life has to have multiple uses. As a style blogger, having the right gadgets to capture great images while still responding to important business email, is a necessity. Also since I’m a girl on the go who often travels for business (and sometimes pleasure) I need gadgets on hand that serve multiple uses. Enter the line of Intel-powered 2-in-1 tablets. Intel powers intelligent, connected devices that make life simpler. I recently discovered the Intel-powered Dell Venue 11 Pro and so far I’m loving it. Here are three reasons why: