Travel Checklist

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Whether your traveling for the first time or the tenth time, it’s always helpful to have a checklist to guide you on what items to bring because let’s be honest, we have all forgotten something while traveling and we had to purchase it at the airport or at the country or site we are residing at which ends up being an arm and a leg at cost. So in this blog post, I will like to share some tips as well as things to bring with you while traveling.

  1. Purchase a luggage. With that in mind, it is very crucial that you purchase a luggage that is lightweight. Some luggages are heavyweight that even when you don’t have much in your suitcase, it may appear as if you packed so much.
  2. Get everything situated with your passport and visa. First-time Adult Passport Book: $110 + $25 for acceptance fee = $135 . With the visa fees, it all depends on where you are traveling. If you will be staying in an hotel, get things situated. Have all the necessary numbers you may have to dial.
  3. Most airports, allow two luggages and a small hand luggage as well as a carry on bag life a duffle bag or a backpack.
  4. When it comes to your small hand luggage bag, it is very important that you place materials such as a toothpaste, travel size mouthwash, face towel and basic things you will need when the plane lands at your destination. You want your mouth to feel fresh. You two luggages won’t go inside the plane with you but your hand luggage as well as your backpack or handbag will go inside the plane with you.
  5. In your luggages, make sure there aren’t any water bottles because the airport security, will ask you to throw it away. These items are not allowed in the airplane. You can bring travel size bottles but other than that, you may be asked to throw your items away. If you don’t want to grow through this hassle, please be mindful of what you place in your luggages. You can carry snacks to eat on the plane. Feel free to purchase snack because you may not like the food that is served on the plane.
  6. Bring an ID with you just in case if there are any rising issues about your identity. This happened to my mother so I don’t want that to happen to you.
  7. Make sure to leave your house on time for check-in. Traffic can delay you from reaching your destination on time. If your flight is at 3pm, I will advice that you leave your house at least 2 hours before time to give you time to sought things out such overweight of luggages and other issues that can arise.
  8. When it comes to packing, it is wise to pack things that you will need. That doesn’t always happen because we want to be on the safe side so we overpack but this isn’t always good. For instance, if you are traveling to another country, you might want to bring back certain things you loved from your stay but due to you overpacking, you may not have space to bring back certain things. If your luggage is overweight, charges will be made. When it comes to weighing, it is good to weigh your luggage at home to be on the safe side. It is better for your luggage to be underweight than overweight.
  9. It is very important to also check the weather for the country or state you are traveling to that you can bring the proper clothing wear for your stay.
  10. Wash your hands. Be alert wherever you go. Ask questions as a tourist. Have fun. Create memories. Enjoy every moment of your vacation.

A bright interior with a potted plant and a hat, a pair of sneakers and a shirt on a hanger Clothing List

  1. Underwear/Boxers
  2. Pants or Shorts
  3. Bra
  4. Socks
  5. Comfortable Shoes*
  6. Dresses
  7. T-Shirts
  8. Sweatpants
  9. Pajamas
  10. Sweater

Basic Needs (Must Have’s)

  1. Deodorant
  2. Shampoo/Conditioner/Pomade
  3. Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mouthwash/Floss
  4. Towel
  5. Shaving Stick
  6. Perfume
  7. Phone + Charger
  8. Slippers
  9. Lotion
  10. Nail Clipper
  11. Tissue
  12. Q-Tip
  13. Lip Moisturizer
  14. Makeup/Wipes
  15. Facewash
  16. Sponge/Bath Soap/Body Wash
  17. Camera
  18. Comb/Brush
  19. Sunscreen
  20. First Aid Kit
  21. Jewelry
  22. Toilet Tissue (3-4)
  23. Mosquito Medicine (Tablets)
  24. Insect Repellant
  25. Imodium (Diarrhea Tablets)
  26. Hand Sanitzer
  27. Cleaning Wipes like Lysol/Wet Wipes For Hands 🙂
  28. Book To Read
  29. Ipod/Charger
  30. Luggage Locks
  31. Small Flashlight
  32. Gum
  33. Zip Lock Bags
  34. Pads
  35. Water Bottle (Empty)
  36. Journal/Writing Utensil
  37. Gloves
  38. Ear Buds
  39. Umbrella
  40. Medication With Doctor Consent*
  41. Money
  42. Light Jacket

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope this post was helpful unto you. Feel free to share with your friends and their friends. Until next time, stay blessed & lovely 🙂

Picture Credits: Edho Pratama, Priscilla Du Preez, Tu Tu,

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PODCASTS TO TUNE INTO ❤️

Happy Monday. Welcome to another week in August. I hope that you are all doing well. If not, I pray that things get better for you. God is with you. In today’s blog post, I have created a list of podcasts that I personally listen to throughout the week. Let’s be honest, I can’t listen to each podcast everyday but these are the ones I listen to for the most part. They have been a blessing unto me. I pray that they will be a blessing unto you. If you have an IPhone, there’s an app that comes with the phone titled podcasts. There, you can search for all these amazing podcasts. If you have an Android, you can search to see if these podcasts are available. You can listen to some of these podcasts on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and etc. May you learn and take away something from these podcasts I have enlisted for you all. Feel free to share any on the comment section or leave a comment if you do take the time to listen to any of these podcasts. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed week. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

My Verse of the week:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time With God Challenge

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August I see you. You have arrived quicker than quick. Seven whole months have passed by the grace of God. God has seen us through these past months. Only the living can praise God. What an Awesome God we serve. In this month of August, I want to challenge you to go off all social media handles which includes Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and etc. Let this month be you and God. If you want to listen to music, you can download it on your phone or use Pandora or Spotify. You can watch shows but honestly if you can go without it, feel free to do so. If you do watch shows, let it be glorifying to God. Yes, we are on the third day of the month but you can still partake in this challenge.

Initially, I was suppose to partake in this challenge in July but I was too busy posting verses that were laid upon my heart and other materials on social media. It’s a blessing to pour into people but there comes a time when we have to make room for the Holy Spirit to pour into us. There are so many distractions in this world. There are so many things vying for our attention but we must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus. This challenge was laid upon my heart for the month of July but I have started this challenge this month. It’s been refreshing. It was a bit hard because I’m so used to going on YouTube to watch shows like Skinny Girls In Transit & Rumour Has It. I spend most times listening to praise and worship for the most part but I wasn’t ready for this challenge. I was ready and excited to deactivate everything else but Youtube was a tough one. For now, I don’t mind using Spotify to listen to music but many times, it takes time before the song you want to listen to even plays but it’s not been a problem since I started the challenge. I’m not worried about what worship song plays first. I am ready to praise the Living God. This is a personal challenge for myself but I shared it with a friend and she said she’ll be partaking in it too. Feel free to partake in this challenge. This will not be my last time doing this challenge. It’s actually the first of many tp come. I’ve titled it “Time With God Challenge”

The challenge consists of you reading your Bible every day. You can meditate on a verse each week. You can start a devotional in the Holy Bible App by yourself or with a friend. You can only listen to praise and worship. For myself, this is not hard but for some people, it can be difficult. Pray about it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Start studying a book in the Bible. Have a notebook to take down notes . Pray before you start each study. You can also purchase a journal where you can write prayers to God. You can also buy a book for the month. I am currently reading Lead Me, Holy Spirit by Stormie Omartian. I have been reading this book since May 8th. 2018. It’s a book I’ll highly recommend. It’s not a book to be rushed. There’s so much to learn from the Holy Spirit. Remember this is your time with God. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of you seeking God. Feel free to ask your friends to partake in this challenge. We are currently on Day 3 of our challenge and it has been a blessing. I pray that as you partake in this challenge that God will reveal Himself to you in a new and special way. I pray that you will grow deeper in relationship with God and that you will hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I pray that you were blessed. Continue to abide and stay rooted in Christ. Jesus loves you 😊

Places To Visit In NYC

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Places To Visit In New York

  1. Central Park
  2. Broadway
  3. Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  4. American Museum of Natural History
  5. Empire State Building
  6. Statue Of Liberty
  7. New York Transit Museum
  8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  8. Whitney Museum of American Art

  1. Museum Of Modern Art
  2. The High Line
  3. Brooklyn Bridge
  4. Bryant Park
  5. Fifth Avenue
  6. Radio City Music Hall
  7. Times Square
  8. Rockerfeller Center
  9. Apollo Theatre
  10. Bronx Zoo
  11. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  12. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  13. Grand Central Terminal
  14. Prospect Park
  15. Brooklyn Flee Market
  16. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  17. Brooklyn Heights/Promenade
  18. Macy’s Herald Square
  19. Union Square
  20. Flatiron Building
  21. Lincoln Center
  22. Queens Museum
  23. Chinatown
  24. Madame Tussauds
  25. SoHO

Soul Food Restaurants (NYC)

  1. Sylvia’s Restaurant
  2. Amy Ruth’s
  3. Taste Of Heaven
  4. Soco
  5. Jacob’s Restaurant
  6. Freda’s Carribean & Soul Cuisine
  7. Melba’s
  8. Sweet Mama’s Soul Food Restaurant & Salad Bar
  9. Soul City
  10. BLVD Bistro NY
  11. ButterFunk Kitchen
  12. Root & Bone
  13. Londel’s
  14. Black Nile
  15. Peaches Hot House

African Restaurants

  1. La Savane
  2. Buka
  3. Joloff
  4. Lenox Saphire Harlem
  5. Le Baobab Gouygui
  6. Pikine
  7. Ponty Bistro Harlem
  8. B & B
  9. Accra
  10. Papaye
  11. Safari (East African)
  12. Amarachi
  13. Bognan
  14. Ebe Ye Yie
  15. Nomad Restaurant (Moroccan)
  16. Honey Bee’s
  17. Akwaaba

Chill Spots (Desserts):

  1. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
  2. Laduree
  3. Cha Cha Macha
  4. Upland
  5. Los Tacos
  6. Milk Bar East Village
  7. New Territories
  8. Teriyaki NYC
  9. Soft Swerve Ice Cream
  10. Davey’s Ice-cream
  11. Mo Gelato
  12. The Sweet Shop NYC
  13. City Cakes
  14. Breads Bakery
  15. Van Leeuwen Ice-cream (Vegan)
  16. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
  17. Ice & Vice
  18. Holy Cream
  19. The Original Chinatown Ice-cream Factory
  20. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
  21. Morgenstern’s Finest Icream
  22. Ice Cream Shop
  23. Billy’s Bakery (Best Cupcakes In New York
  24. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
  25. Mango Mango Dessert
  26. Sherry B Dessert Studio
  27. Melt Bakery
  28. Cupcake Market
  29. Avalon New York

Pizza Shops In NYC

  1. Sofia’s Pizza Shoppe
  2. Jumbo’s Pizza
  3. Milano Pizza Shop
  4. Best Pizza
  5. Joe’s Pizza
  6. Previti Pizza
  7. Grimaldi’s Pizza

Chill Restaurants

  1. Shake Shack
  2. Galli
  3. Sauce (Italian)
  4. Woodland
  5. Peaches Shrimp & Crab
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Things You Can Do This Week

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Hi loves. I hope that the month of July is treating you very well. As we have entered into a new week, I would like to share a few things that you may be interested in doing. Many times, we find ourselves worn out and yet still having this feeling of not accomplishing anything. In everything that we do in this week, may we find joy and comfort in Christ alone. May we seek his face and make the most out of each blessed day.

/ Things You Can Do This Week \\

▸ Pray For Someone

▸ Start reading a book in the Bible

▸ Be consistent in prayer

▸ Watch A Sermon & Take Notes

▸ Write In Your Journal. If you don’t have one, feel free to purchase one in the stores I have placed above.

▸ Take a walk for 30 minutes

▸ Drink only water for a week. You can eat but when it comes down to drinking juice, cut it off this week. If you can go for a month, do it.

▸ Start a book or continue the book you are reading.

▸ Buy a gift for someone and surprise them with it.

▸ Go off social media for a week

▸ Reach out to your friends and loved ones.

▸ Pick up a new hobby

▸ Cook a new meal

▸ Bake a cookie or even a cake

I hope this list was helpful. Have a lovely week 🙂

Happy Father’s Day

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Dear God,

I thank you for this day. Thank you for gracing us with your one and only Son Jesus. I am grateful for your precious gift. Lord, I thank you for your sons here on Earth and for those who you have called home. Today is not an easy day for many of your children so Lord I have come as I am asking that your hands will rest upon each and everyone of your children. Every hurt, pain and tear, we surrender unto you. Your word reminds us that you are a “ father to the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Psalm 68:5) You are the greatest comforter. You are our source of peace. I pray for anyone reading this that you will find rest in Christ alone. For as many whose father’s are alive but are absent in their lives, I ask their Lord for your love and forgiveness to overflow in their relationship. Lord, I ask that they will reconcile with their Father’s. Let your will be done. For those whose father’s are present, may they cherish every moment with their fathers. For those whose father’s are no longer here with them, may your hands touch their hearts. May they experience your love in a deeper and fresh way daily. Father, I pray and ask that you will raise up a generation of men who will be leaders in their home but also in every areas of their lives; men who aren’t afraid of praying and professing your word. Heavenly Father, I ask that you will strengthen your sons. I ask that you will shoulder their burdens and draw them closer to your presence. May they have intimacy with you all the days of their lives. May they never lose sight of who you are. I pray that you will give each of your sons peace, wisdom and knowledge in every decision that they have to make. Your word remind us that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7).  Father, I thank you every one of your sons. May you bless and sustain them each and every day of their life. In Jesus name, Amen.

With love,

Your Child

 Happy Father’s Day to every father around the world. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are special. Have a wonderful day. God loves you 🙂

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15

Strength Amidst The Trauma

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Mission Statement:

We’re a nonprofit organization that educates children and adolescents in Ghana about Child Sexual Abuse prevention. Our safety lessons educate children from ages 4 to 18. The organization visits schools to educate children on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse and its prevalence at schools, homes, and on the streets. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate. At schools, we focus on safety lessons. Students are educated in interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

Establishment: 

CSA was established in 2016 in Accra Ghana. This vision of Combating Child Sexual Abuse was birth by Emma T. Akuffo. The founder states, “there’s an immense inattention to child sexual abuse in Ghana, this topic brings discomfort to many but we must acknowledge this as a problem and educate our young ones”. The organization utilizes young dedicated volunteers from various universities in Ghana to educate Children in schools and streets.

Goal:

The organization visits school and conducts sexual abuse prevention workshops. Each week the organization focuses on one school and educate on average, fifty students about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Our trained teaching volunteers present safety lessons to students. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate, and how to avoid and deal with leading situations. Students are educated in an interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

For more information, please visit our website and our contacts below

http://combatingcsa.org/

https://emmaadvocates.com/