Christmas in Tampa Bay

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How was your holiday weekend? Even though I grew up with Christmas being all hot and sunny, I became used to having a literal white Christmas since we moved to the Midwest. There’s something very romantic about swirling snowflakes outside your window while Christmas lights twinkle from every window you see. And Chicago is an […]

What To Buy Your Lady — 5 Tips For Men Trying to Christmas Shop

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Recently I had the privilege of shopping with my husband and a guy friend of ours as he tried to buy a present for his lady. I hope he’ll forgive me for saying this, but it wasn’t pretty. In fact, it gave me QUITE the lesson in the differences between genders. I got all kinds […]

URGENT – Afrobella Needs Assistance

There comes a time where you have to admit….you can’t do EVERYTHING on your own. So I’m turning to you! Bellas, I’m looking for TWO interns with very specific skills. #1 – I need a research intern. Someone who can transcribe celebrity interviews within a 72-hour turnaround. Someone who can send back information about any […]

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?

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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 […]