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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Breakfast Edition

On today's episode I make yummy breakfast burritos & show you guys the 'behind the scenes' of the Christmas Party location! 

I know it's been a while, but no excuses. Here's the Christmas Party project that I've been planning for almost a month. I'm so happy to see all my visions come to life :) A lot of hard work went into this event. There were many times when I felt like giving up & there were also times when that I thought my visions weren't going to be fulfilled. From my sister (who made all the delicious desserts),my best friend Mary(our personal DJ), to my Mom who wore many hats and was crazy enough to not only believe in me, but also support my vision. Thank you. Without you all this would have been impossible. I've been dreaming about going into event planning for a long time & with this  being my first event, I've learned so much.  Not only was a lot of money invested into this project, but a lot of time. Everything was decorated diligently & thoughtfully according to my vision. Room by room we executed the design, strung the lights about, and strategically placed the decorations making sure that no room was too over-done or too plain.  One thing I want to touch on really quickly is recognition. I don't think our guests realized how much effort we put into the layout, but in some way I know that they all enjoyed themselves and perhaps it was because they felt the love that was put into the plan. Because honestly, I loved doing this. I loved seeing the house fill up with people. I loved seeing everyone that I really care about socializing with others, and I loved that everyone was in such good spirits. & That right there is the beauty of event planning. It's not the design, decorations, or music that makes the event so special, it's the people who come and fill that space up with love & laughter. For without them, there would be no "event" at all. So, to everybody who came thank-you. And to everyone who helped in any way, big or small, you are appreciated. Here's to new beginnings & more to come soon! 

looking at these pics make me happy all over again! yeeeeey! :) xxx

{i recored a video... a small cooking video. I'll upload it on here next. Off to editing I go.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

[PART 1]
So this isn't exactly a lookbook, but that's what I plan to start doing. For now, here's a little taste of what I wore today....

Friday, October 24, 2014

I recently received a job at a charter school as an after school teacher and I'm absolutely in love with it. & Perhaps that's an understatement. The kids are so cute and I'm learning tons about teaching methods, classroom management strategies, and activities to play with my students.

Being around my students allows me to act like a big kid at times. Remember those games like "Ring around the Rosey", Hide-n-Go-Seek, Pattycake, Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish? Well, I forgot about all of them. I've been so consumed with my so-called "adult life" that I haven't been able to re-visit activities that used to make me soooo happy. 

It's funny how the kids I'm with will soon forget them too. Perhaps it's a part of growing up. Other things just become more important and ya don't really notice it until your memory is jogged...

Anyhow, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be apart of their life. & I hope I'm able to make a meaningful & positive impact.

More stories to come... :) 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This past week was Homecoming & what an experience it was! It flew by very quickly, thus,  I'm really glad that I have my the majority of my experience on tape so I can re-live the moments any time. It was really important that I documented this experience for you guys and although I didn't attend ALL the events I figured y'all would appreciate this video anyway.  :) Please enjoy. I worked really hard on editing it, but it didn't feel like work cuz I was having soooo much fun. 

[SN: sorry for the shaky clips, I was excited in those moments]

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My 2nd video is up & running!! :)
Please watch & enjoy it below! 
On this episode I feature a very special guest & talk about academics and organizations.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This is the start of something new. Just wanted to let you guys know that I am currently developing my own non-profit organization. My non-profit is called The Glass Slipper Foundation and our mission is to promote literacy and academic success among children living in low-income areas, in such a way, that encourages and motivates them to follow their dreams and thrive in an ever-changing society. 

I plan for the Glass Slipper Foundation to be multifaceted. This means that I'll have several other organizations under this one name. I already have 3 programs that I want to get up and running. Right now, I am in the beginning stages of writing my articles of incorporation and solidifying the overall purpose of my foundation. There's so much work that has to be done, but I'm so excited and thoroughly devoted to the mission.

Also, what do ya'll think of the logo? I have 2 others that I designed just for some versatility, but for now, I'll go with this. More to come soon....

Shoutout to my boo India who gave me the idea for the name :) xoxo

Monday, September 29, 2014

My first video is live! Please subscribe to my channel Young Lady Business! In my first video I talk about the differences between an HBCU & PWI. Watch below! 

I worked so hard on my channel art & I'm so happy that I'm finally able to produce content! 

[more coming soon]

Saturday, August 23, 2014

{howard's main yard & founders library}
{my half of the room}


{chinatown! about a 5-7 minute drive from campus}

-kg ♥

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I recently purchased biotin! The brand is Spring Valley & I purchased it at my local Wal-Mart for $4.98. 
Each soft-gel contains 5000 mcg of biotin. Biotin is know for promoting the health of skin, hair, and nails by nourishing the cells throughout the body. I've decided to take 2 pills a day after meals. 

To be honest, I've never really been good with taking pills & vitamins but I'm hoping that I can stick to this goal that I've made for myself. You see, the only reason I'm taking biotin is so that my hair will become stronger which will make it less prone to breakage and more prone to retaining length. 

So here's my master plan:

  • Take biotin 2x a day for 6 months ending in January. During the entire duration of this time, I will have my hair in braids/twists. (I'm hoping that the braids will also help me retain length and it will be a low-maintenance style that won't require tons of manipulation.) 
  • Drink plenty of water. Before I head off to school in the fall, I plan to invest in a water bottle. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. This means that I need to increase my water intake for the pills to actually dissolve in my body. Water in this case is acting as my solvent.
Previously, I was just going to invest in Hair Finity but I've been reading a lot of mixed reviews about it. Plus, for a college student with no job, the price seemed a little bit too much. I'm hoping to see the same results, if not better ones, from my pills I bought at Wal-Mart. $24.00 compared to $5.00.... you catch my drift? Besides Hair Finity is only supposed to last you a month. My Biotin has 120 softgels which should last me 60 days. This is equivalent to about 2 months. I will only need to restock twice during these next 6 months versus 5 times. The price difference is $110. Thus, I'm excited to see what my hair can do with a little push and rest. 

I planned to called this my 6 Month Challenge... I really just need to stay committed, focused, and optimistic for this to work. 

*** Quick note: If you buy the biotin online from Wal-Mart's website, it's only $3.99! That's $1.00 off, but you still have to worry about shipping. 

& Sorry I've been gone, but I'm back. & I'm coming back stronger than ever because I realize that this is the time to seize opportunities and actually DO that things I've been dreaming about! & I might be changing the name of this blog?? We'll see....


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Breakfast: Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

I saw this recipe on Pinterest & I knew it would be the perfect recipe to make for my dad on Father's Day.
Pancake Batter w/ fresh strawberries
Homemade Strawberry Syrup.
Pancakes cooking on the griddle.

These pancakes were so delicious! Everyone should have them at least once. You can find the full recipe & ingredients on this website below:

-KG ♥

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Protective Styling. FYI: I haven't done a protective style since I big chopped my hair in October! That means it's been 7 months since my hair has been left completely alone without much manipulation. It also means that I've been 7 months completely natural. Between all the breakage, hair coloring processes, excessive trims, and countless YouTube videos, I've made it! I'm quite proud of myself and I'm also debating on whether or not I should start over. (We'll see...) For now, I'm still on a restoration journey. Check out how I took out my braids below! 
"I used the spray bottle daily filled with coconut oil & water to moisturize my braids daily. I spritzed each braid with this formula before I took that individual braid out."
"I didn't' experience any breakage from taking the braids out. I was very gentle with each braid and with the braid being damp, taking em out was very easy. I took me about 3 hours to do my whole head. Before starting I sectioned my hair into 3 parts."
 "To deep condition I used the Milk & Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Mask. It was only 99 cents at my local Wal-Mart. I left it on for about 40 minutes covered with a plastic shower cap. The smell and tingly feeling is very pleasant and refreshing. It left my hair feel really soft and strong. Before applying, I dampened my hair so the product could penetrate each strand."
"After deep conditioning my hair and using the Tresseme Naturals Conditioner, I proceeded to apply coconut oil all over my head. Next, I took small pieces of hair that I wanted to twist, applied some Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and then used my Denman brush to detangle that section before twisting it up!"

I'm so happy to have my hair back! :) This protective style definitely did my hair a lot of good. Now, I just have to continue to properly take care of it! 
♥           ♥          ♥
In other news July 7th, 2014 marks the 1 year anniversary of my blog! Wow! I've never stayed committed to something like this before for so long! YAAAAAY! This calls for a celebration. I'm not only going to remodel this whole website but upload a few videos on my best Hair Care tips (ya'll know I love the DO'S & DONT'S), and also you can expect a chat just about life & love. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[WARNING: prepare yourself for a pity party]
Nothing is right. Nothing is turning out how I envisioned it would. Well, perhaps "nothing" is too harsh of a term. Today, I feel conflicted. Maybe it's because I had to drop out of summer school today, or because I still haven't started my job yet, and even because all the other (back-up) jobs I applied to weeks ago haven't called me in for interviews. 

In order for you to understand why I'm feeling this way, perhaps you would need to know my summer goals:
  • Attend summer school, receive credit in Biology & English 1102
  • Get a job
Simple right? I thought so.. and until about a week ago everything was going according to plan. I was happy & excited about not only the summer but everything it would have to offer me. Now, I'm feeling quite bitter towards it. My optimism is fading away. My thoughts are becoming darker. I feel depressed.

Getting a job is not easy at all, might I add. I don't have much, well any, experience in retail or food. My resume sucks,...................................................................

I can't even continue that rant. None of the words even feel right coming out of my mouth. I have to leave this place of sadness & negativity. I need to have faith. Still, knowing all these things I can't help but to feel down. But in times like these, we must believe that God has a plan for us and wait patiently for it to unfold. We must put all our trust in Him and remove the load from our backs unto His. He not only said that He would carry our load, but guide us to the light when we feel surrounded by darkness. Constantly, I ask myself if I am making the right decision to go to Howard in the fall. (i think so) I'm often scared to even think about it. And when people question my decision it makes me that much more doubtful. 

It's time for me to grow some balls. I gotta man up. I've been a wimp for too long. & This isn't me being mean to myself, I'm just being real. 

Kayla, think about this.