What Better Way to Christmas Shop? — My Marshalls TJ Maxx Holiday Party Recap!

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Your holiday list is made. You know exactly the ideal item for everyone on your list. Where do you head first? If you’re smart, Marshalls! Or TJ Maxx! Or Home Goods — three off-price retailers where you can save 20 to 60% off all kinds of incredible items, from apparel, to shoes, to beauty items, […]

Be Thankful

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It’s so easy to look at life and see the flaws and downsides and failures and disappointments. But today isn’t about that. Today is about the positive. The good stuff. The successes and the blessings. Family, friends, health, love. Celebrating the things in life that you are most thankful for. This year I have SO […]

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday! When Will YOU be shopping?

Small Business Saturday

After the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie, the mashed potatoes gravy and cranberry sauce woooooooo! — then it’s time for the REAL holiday weekend action to begin. The shopping till you drop. The waking up at 2 am to stand in line at **insert store here.** The running around town to get the perfect […]

Mark Your Calendar. November 30 in Chicago, it’s the Afrobella & Friends TJ Maxx & Marshalls Holiday Shopping Party!

Bellas, it’s taken me a while to get into the whole hosting-an-event thing, but I’m dipping my toe into the water! I’m collaborating with one of my favorite retail discount stores to celebrate and assist Chicago bellas who are just beginning their holiday shopping! Wanna come shopping with me and some of my best blog […]

Foolproof Thanksgiving Recipes

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I used to think I was a good cook, once upon a time. But of late I’ve been second guessing myself in a major way.  It may have started with some woefully overcooked salmon. Then I made some rubbery pork chops. Long story short, I lost some of my kitchen confidence. And then my big […]

RIP Heavy D – Things We Can Learn From the Overweight Lover’s Legacy

RIP, Heavy D.

Hip hop legend Dwight Arrington Myers, known and loved by the world as “Heavy D,” passed away on Tuesday at the age of 44. And the news is hitting me hard for a couple of reasons. Even though I grew up in Trinidad, Heavy D was known and loved and was a big part of […]

Citizenship Day = My Golden Moment

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Even though I’ve been told that I sound pretty much “like a Yankee” by members of my own family ( ) I am now and always will be a proud Trinidadian in my heart. (cue Benjai’s Trini). I love my country and I’m proud of my heritage! But I’ve been living in America since 1998. […]