Home Essentials 101


Have you moved to your new apartment but don’t know what to buy for your new space? Well then, this blog post is for someone like you. First off, congratulations on moving in. In today’s post, we’ll be focusing on the essentials for the kitchen and bathroom. If that’s alright with you, let’s get right to unpacking.

Bathroom Essentials:

  1. Bath towels
  2. Carpet/Rug
  3. Toothbrush (Holder)
  4. Tooth Paste
  5.  Shower Curtain/Hooks
  6. Trash Can
  7. Bath mat
  8. Bath Soap
  9. Lotion
  10. Gloves
  11. Nail Clipper
  12. Band-Aid
  13. Good Lightening
  14. Shampoo/Conditioner
  15. Lysol Wipes
  16. All Purpose Cleaner (Ajax, Bleach)
  17. Plunger
  18. First Aid Kit
  19. Toilet Tissue Holder
  20. Toilet Brush
  21. Tiles Spray
  22. Bath Scrubber
  23. Razor
  24. Bath Robe
  25. Slippers
  26. Deodorant
  27. Air Refreshner
  28. Sponge or Loafer
  29. Hand Wash
  30. Wash Cloths
  31. Swabs (Q-Tips)
  32. MouthWash
  33. Broom
  34. Back Brush
  35. Hair Dryer
  36. Towel Holder
  37. Pain Reliever (Advil Liquid Gel/Tylenol)
  38. Mirrors
  39. Face Scrub
  40. Sponge Holder (Caddy)

Kitchen Essentials

  1. Paper Towel Holder
  2. Blender
  3. Utensils
  4. Whisk/Spatula
  5. Trash Can
  6. Measuring Cup
  7. Plates/Bowls
  8. Kettle
  9. Zip Loc Bags
  10. Plastic Bags
  11. Hand Mixer
  12. Microwave
  13. Toaster / Toaster Oven
  14. Dishrack
  15. Dish Towels
  16. Sponge / Sponge Holder
  17. Ice Cube Tray
  18. Water Pitcher & Filters (Brita)
  19. Potato Peeler
  20. Beverage Opener/Corkscrew
  21. Can Opener
  22. Hand Towels
  23. Oven / Fridge
  24. Fridge
  25. Sauce Pans/ Omelet Pan
  26. Plastic bowls/utensils
  27. Magic Bullet (Smoothie Blender)
  28. Cutting boards
  29. Aluminum foil/Wax paper,
  30. Plastic Wrap/Parchment paper
  31. Oven Mitts
  32. Mugs/Placement Mats
  33. Coffee Maker
  34. Spices (Marinate that chicken)
  35. Napkins
  36. Coasters
  37. Table/Chairs
  38. Dish Soap
  39. Snacks/Food
  40. Broom/Mop

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Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you find this blog post helpful. Until next time, stay blessed & lovely 🙂





Happy New Year

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“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.

    If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” -Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

Happy New Year. I hope this year will be a prosperous year for you and your loved ones. It’s going to be a great year. It’s all about perspective. Trials will come. They are part of life but you must learn to lean on God. May this new year be filled with joy, love, peace and many of God’s bountiful blessings. May you grow deeper in your walk with God. May you draw nearer unto Him each and every day. May you hunger and thirst for more of righteousness.

It’s a new year. Change your mindset and you will see changes. Do your part and God will take care of the rest. We are reminded in Romans 12:2 that “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If we continue to dwell on the things of the past and what didn’t work out, who left our lives and etc, we would not see what God is doing in this new season of our lives. It is a brand new day/year. Let God be the center of your life. Seek Him in all your ways and I promise, things will never be the same.

Until next time, stay blessed & lovely 🙂



Adventures In Ghana 🇬🇭 #3

The joy of being home. Ghana, my heartbeat.


My final weeks in Ghana was really tough for me. The pain of leaving my family behind was really hard for me but it brought me so much joy to be able to see them after 16 years. God is so Good. If I can be there right now, I would love to be. I believe that everyone should at least visit an African country once or even more in their lifetime. There is so many things I loved about being in Ghana. I loved the joy it brought me to see my family and the chance to meet my other brother for the first time. I love him so much. Words can’t even explain it. It was so hard leaving but I know that there is a time for everything. I cried so much leaving but I carried so many memories of my time in Ghana. The picture above was taken in Tema while spending time with my brother. 


Man riding a horse


There was a woman selling icecream. I didn’t want anything but my brother asked me to try it. It was actually really good 🙂


Monday Blues




Children walking back from school. 


Little kids just being themselves. Enjoying their childhood.




Plants in our family house. 




Tema: Boys Walking Back From Church


If only you knew how I was craving these peanuts. I tried to describe it but no one knew what I was talking about until one day my family and I were in the car heading home. There we saw a woman selling peanuts and my aunt said that those were the peanuts I was talking about. I tried it while in the car, couldn’t help but to capture a photo of it. Apparently they are boiled peanuts. As I child, I really enjoyed eating these peanuts. It brought me back so many memories of living in Ghana.


While sitting in the taxi on our way to Makola, I saw  a few school girls heading back home.


This is Makola Market. The busiest market I have every stepped foot on since birth. The hustle is real. You will walk a lot so it’s best that you wear a comfortable shoe. It’s extremely crowded. You must know what you are looking for before coming because then you most likely will get frustrated and want to go back home. It’s advisable to come along with the someone who knows the language and can bargain or you will spend all your money.


A few days before departing from Ghana, I got the opportunity to visit my cousin’s school. There I was given the chance to take pictures of kids with the teacher’s/administrator’s permission. Unfortunately, I will not be able to share all the photos because of  protection of the children’s identity.






I had a wonderful time capturing the kids and having a conversation with my cousin while at it. 


The kids wanted me to capture more pictures of them but I had to go. My taxi was waiting for me outside. 


Afternoon Delicacies: Yams & Fish/Shito (Pepper)




On my last day in Ghana, I was blessed with the opportunity to dine with my brother and family and friend at Azmera Restaurant. I mean just take a look at the food. I know sometimes, looks don’t mean a thing but the food was good. Well, for the most part what I got. Overall, my trip to Ghana was amazinggg. I can’t express the joy and the peace I felt while being in the Motherland. Home is home and there’s no place I’ll rather be. I thank God for making it possible after 16 long years. 2017 was phenomenal. My time came at traveling and your time will also come. If I can travel to Ghana every year, without a doubt I will go. With this being said, whatever you are trusting God for, know that your time/miracle is around the corner. Continue to seek God in all that you do. 

I want to take this time to say thank you to everyone who stops by my blog to read my posts. I hope you have been inspired and have taken something away whether it be a lesson or admired a picture. I’m truly grateful. It’s always a blessing to share things with you all. I must also say that this has been the year that I have been consistent with my blog. I started this blog March 6th, 2015. It isn’t always easy writing but I told myself that this year, I will be consistent and I did my best with sharing with you all. I hope to be even more consistent in the year right around the corner. Cheers to what lies ahead of us in 2018. 🙂

Sending you light, love & many of God’s blessings your way. Muaah 🙂

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Note To Younger Girls

  1. You are beautiful. Mama may have never told you that but I’m here to remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are unique. No one can ever be you. You may have heard this before but that’s the truth of the matter.
  2. Take time for yourself. Get to know you. No this is not selfish. It’s extremely important for your well-being.
  3. Cultivate a relationship with God. Your faith is not dependent on your mother, father or grandmother’s salvation. Get to know God for yourself. You don’t have to wait till your 30 before you start getting serious about your relationship with God.
  4. You are not going to live in your parent’s house forever. One day, you’ll move out. So while you are living with your parents, make the most out of your time.
  5. Learn to cook. It’s not everyday ramen noodles. When your mom is cooking, try to watch her and ask questions. Learn from her. Cooking is art. Learn from others and add their tips to your cooking. These days, people showcase their cooking on youtube. You can learn from there. Stop getting upset when your asked to do your chores. It will help you one day in life. When you go to college and meet people who don’t clean or even brush their teeth, you’ll thank your mother for raising you.
  6. Learn from others. When you don’t understand something, ask questions.
  7. Friends come and go. At a young age, it’s so tough to understand. You’ll get upset and frustrated but later on you’ll realize it. Surround yourself with postive, likeminded people. You are who you attract. If you like drama, people who love drama, will be attracted to you. Know your friends. It’s not everyone you meet, you automatically give them the spare keys to your house. In the same way, you shouldn’t consider everyone you meet your friends. Know the difference between associates and friends. In order for one to be a good friend to you, you must learn to be one too. There is a season for everything. Understanding that there is a purpose to every encounter is key. Those who are meant to be a part of your life will be there. Don’t try to maintain friendships/relationships with people who make it apparent that they don’t want your friendship.
  8. Know your value. The way you are raised plays a role in how you behave/view things later on in life.
  9. Set goals for yourself but don’t forget to include God in your plans.
  10. Life is a journey. Be open to new adventures in life. Continue to learn from others. Don’t be hard on yourself. Try not to compare yourself with others. No one is perfect. It’s not everything you see in movies, or social media that is true. Most of the things your see are just highlights of one’s life. You don’t know what people are going through behind close doors. Appreciate the people that God has placed in your life. Make the most out of each day you are blessed to see. Live, laugh, love smile while you can. Life is what you make it 🙂

Let’s Talk: Friendships

Friends: Rosa Guy. One of my favorite childhood books. #memories

Questions for the day:

  1.             What is your definition of a friend?
  2.             Who are your friends?
  3.             Why are they your friends?
  4.             Are you guys growing emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually?

Before we can even begin talking about someone being a friend to us, it is vital that we ask ourselves this question “Am I a friend? Sometimes, it is so easy for us to want others to be good friends to us but the truth of the matter is that sometimes we are not good friends to them. It is important that we evaluate ourselves and those we surround ourselves with. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that, Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” You can’t expect to grow when you are constantly hanging around people who aren’t nurturing or willing to see you grow. You might have been friends with certain people for a long period of time but as time passed, you realized that your relationship with that person started to drift apart. As much as you have talked to that person about the distant changes, you still see no changes in your relationship. To be honest, at this point you need to understand that the season that person was in your life is over. Yes, there are instances that people who drift apart can reconnect later on down the line but it is very important to let that person go.  It is very important for you to be aware of the people you are hanging around with because they can aid or hinder in your growth as an individual. Many times, we start to develop some of the bad habits and characteristic traits our friends have without knowing it. Until someone stops us in our tracks, we will continue to cultivate these habits. Understand that it is okay to re-evaluate your circle. As you continue to grow, you’ll grow apart from certain people naturally. This does not mean that they weren’t good friends but you’ll come to understand that everyone serves a purpose in your life. Some people are in your life for a season and others for a lifetime. The people you surround yourself with can be a reflection of who you are to a certain degree.

Characteristics To Look For In A Friend:

  1. Respectful
  2. Genuine
  3. Compassionate
  4. Supportive
  5. Forgiving
  6. Iron Sharpens Iron
  7. Encouraging
  8. Loyal
  9. Good Listener
  10. Trustworthy
  11. Understanding
  12. Non- Judgemental
  13. Honest
  14. Humorous
  15. Empathetic
  16. Goal Oriented
  17. Hard working
  18. Gentle
  19. Outgoing
  20. Down To Earth

Types of Friendships:

  1. Godly Friendships: Christ Based; Self-less (Purpose driven)
  2. Worldly Friendships: Focused On Self (If you do this for me, then I will do the same for you. It’s more of a competition than willingness to see each other grow.

Categories/Classifications In Friendships

According to author S. L. Young, there are individuals within our social circles, who aren’t necessary our friends but are as follows:

  1. Acquaintance or Associate: there is familiarity with someone, but there isn’t a personal relationship.
  2. Appendage: friendly because there’s a possibility that an individual’s success will help them.
  3. Conditional: a requirement placed on a relationship that’s dependent on a certain need being met.
  4. Counterfeit: gives the impression of being a friend, but isn’t someone who can be trusted.
  5. Evaluative:  determines the significance of a relationship based on the last thing(s) provided or done.
  6. Fair-Weather: disappears during a time of need, but will return once a bad time or situation passes;
  7. Leech: drains an individual of their energy, essence, or desire to move forward;
  8. Occasional: friendly during certain times, but suddenly stops being friendly without any reason or notice. At a later time, the person will be friendly (again) on their terms.
  9. Negative: considers themselves to be a friend, but is always pessimistic about things related to the friendship or the things that their friend does.
  10. Noncommittal: goes back-and-forth on their belief(s), support, assistance, etc.
  11. Situational: an individual suddenly becomes friendly once a certain event occurs that there might be a personal benefit.
  12. Spiteful: jealous of someone’s efforts to achieve or actual success;
  13. Toxic: gives an impression of providing support, but actively works to undermine their efforts.

After reading this, do you identify yourself with some of these characteristic traits? If so, what are some ways you are willing to change?

Are you the type of friend you are looking for in a friend?

What are some ways you can grow physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually?

What category would you place your friendships? (Godly or Worldly)

Are you afraid to talk to your friends about God? If so, why not?

Do your friendships glorify God?

Are your friendships comprised of gossiping, negativity and etc?

Before reading this post, did you know the difference between worldly/Godly friendships?

Lessons Learned In My Personal Walk (Friendships)

  1. Your friends from high school aren’t necessary going to be your buddies forever.
  2. You will drift apart from certain friends. It hurts but later on, you’ll understand that the dynamic of your friendships have changed. This doesn’t mean that they are bad people but understanding that their season in your life is over.
  3. Learn to prioritize. If people don’t prioritize you, you don’t have to do the same. So pretty much if you are always the one reaching out and trying to maintain a friendship and the other person isn’t making effort, learn to take a seat. Reach out to them but don’t continue to stretch yourself out to the point where you get worn out. Do your friends only call you when they need something? Express how you feel about your friendship. If you see the same patterns, it is a sign that it’s time to let go.
  4. Learn to pray/reach out to your friends. Just because you text someone and they say that “they are fine” doesn’t always mean they are. Do your best to check up on them even though they may not do it as often as you do. If you can, call them or meet up if you can.
  5. Not everyone has the same heart as you. What you are willing to do for others may not necessary mean they are willing to do the same for you.
  6. Learn to communicate how you feel to your friends and those you love. Express your thoughts in regards to a situation. If you feel that what your friend say or did to you was hurtful, let them know. Don’t walk around like it’s cool because you want to squash the situation.
  7. Confrontation is good. It isn’t as bad as many people think of it. It’s all about how you say things and approach it. It’s also important to know the person you are dealing with. I will definitely say from experience that when you are going to meet a person that you have a problem with or haven’t seen in a while, pray about it. “Lord I come before you as I am. I lift Moriah into your hands. I thank you for this meeting we will have. I pray that your presence will be at our meet-up. Help me to speak in love. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
  8. Your friends (friends) aren’t necessarily your friends.
  9. Understand that some people are seasonal types of friends. They played a purpose in your life and that’s what matters. Perspective is key. The longer you prolong someone’s season in your life, the more you miss the purpose the were in your life. Some friends drift apart naturally. Other times, you have be the person to separate from them.
  10. Know your friends. Understand that just because you are willing to call someone or check up on your friends every week doesn’t mean they are willing to do the same. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t your friends. You just have to understand that life happens. We all have responsibilities and as much as it will be great for your friends to check up on your as least once or twice or month, let’s be honest that we have friends who reach out once every 3 months.
  11. Listen to what people are saying but also listen to what they are not saying. One of the greatest advice that someone gave me. People will talk but their action will speak louder than their words.
  12. Be careful who you share your information with. Do you find yourself always sharing your information with your friends but they never share anything with you? Like the only information you know about them is their name, favorite color and their nationality?
  13. Learn to spend time with yourself. It’s okay to spend time in your own company. It’s not every day be around people. Even though this was not a problem for me, I find that quite a lot of people struggle with spending time alone.
  14. Understand that you can’t have friends exclusively for you. It’s interesting because someone I know mentioned that sometimes it hard for her because she doesn’t have friends that are exclusively her friends. Either the person she wants to be friends with is already friends with her friends. If that’s the case, go on and get to know people. Join organizations. Pray and allow God to bring people your way.
  15. As life goes, friendships will require more work. Those who are meant to be your friends will be, no matter how challenging life gets. Just like any relationship, it takes work. Your friendships should be natural. You don’t force it. From experience, I always try to maintain friendships. I’ve always had this type of mentality that no matter what season we are in, summer or winter, we are in it forever. So if that means I’m going to forgive you to maintain this friendship, then fine. Overtime, I’ve learned that you can’t continue to maintain friendships with people who aren’t willing to do the same. Friendship is a two way street, not a one way path. 🙂
  16. There are levels to friendship. Man, I just learned this concept this year. My friend will say this in our conversations but I just didn’t get it. For me, if your my friend, (your my friend). I don’t place you in no category. I didn’t understand it until my male friend mentioned the same thing as my female friend. My sister will say not everyone has keys to her hotel. Some people belong in the lobby, the parking lot and etc. This concept will really help you to understand that not everyone has the key to your heart. So my male friend described it as follows. (Level 1 Friendships: People you meet and have a conversation with (nothing deep). Level 2 Friendships: These people know things about you. They have met your family. If you didn’t have a place to live and needed a place to stay for like 3 months, you’ll be fine with it. Level 3 Friendship: These type of friendships are brotherly/sisterly love. You have a good relationship with these people. They are there for you. If you didn’t have a place to live and wanted to stay with them for a year, it is completely fine with them.
  17. Not everyone you encounter is meant to be a part of your life. Some encounters must stop at hello.
  18. Never stop being who you are because how people have treated you in the past.
  19. Make room in  your heart for the people God will bring in your life. Not everyone that comes in your life is there to hurt you but everyone serves a purpose in your life.
  20. Celebrate. Encourage. Reach Out. Pray for your friend’s at all times. Live, love, laugh and cherish every moment 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I do hope that you can take away one or two things from this post. Have a lovely day 🙂

PC: Book: Friends (Rosa Guy)



Advice To Your Younger Self #2

At the start of this year, I started a project which entailed of me asking people who are much older than me this question “What advice will you give your younger self?” It’s been quite interesting the responses I have received by far. In the month of March, I documented all the responses I received and shared it with you all.  Today, I will be sharing part two (responses with you all from (April – July).

Daphne: 4/16/2017

  1. Trust God
  2. Your beautiful
  3. Value your friendships, family/relationships


Kwame: April 19th, 2017

  1. Stay focused
  2. Have more confidence
  3. Think through before making decisions
  4. Don’t compromise


Bichelle: April 21st.2017

  1. Follow your instincts
  2. Stick to what you believe
  3. You are beautiful 


 Eileen Halsman: 

  • Be selective of the men you chose. (70+ years old)


Adaeze: 5/27//2017

  • Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.


Lindsey: 5/27/2017

  • Get saved 


Bamidele (7/22/2017)

-Your dreams will take a longer time to happen but it will happen eventually so you were worried for nothing.

-Dear younger self, next time pick up that call from Jesus earlier. You kept running from all those ladies he sent you in high school. But i am happy I eventually got your attention said Jesus.

-You worry too much about what people think and missed out on a lot because you were afraid you’d offend someone. Next time, let’s start not worrying about what others would say or do. Just be worry what the Lord God thinks.


Delali (7/22/2017)

-Save money

-Be consistent

-Listen to my instinct

-If a man says he doesn’t want you, he really means it. Don’t try to change him.

-Mothers are mostly right.

-Follow your passion not what your parents want you to do for them.


Mother: (7/24/2017)

  1. Know the Lord earlier
  2. Patience. If you don’t have patience and if someone wants to get to know you, you’ll miss out. Don’t judge before knowing a person. Deep down the person may be the person for you.
  3. To know myself better
  4. Don’t marry someone who is so much older than you. Find someone you can have fun with. When someone is so much older than you, sometimes, there isn’t any chemistry/no relationship between you and the person.


Carrie (Waitress) : 7/28/2017

  1. Don’t give up your virginity before marriage. I wish I could have waited.
  2. Don’t take in what people say. Be wise. Don’t be easily deceived. There’s a lot of darkness out there. The heart is deceitful.
  3. Put God first. The best wisdom is from God. Continue to study his word.


Things I’ve Learned In 23 Years

  1. Life is a journey. You live and you learn.
  2. Write in your journal more often.
  3. Learn to spend with yourself. You don’t have to go everywhere with someone just because they send you a text asking if you can go somewhere with them.
  4. Time is an essence. A precious gift, you can never get back.
  5. Your friend’s (friends) aren’t necessarily your friends.
  6. Seek God in all your earthly doings. Cultivate a relationship with God. Sweet oh Jesus.
  7. Know your worth. Don’t settle for anything. (You are an asset. Know what you bring to the table. You are an addition to someone’s life, not a subtraction. If they don’t appreciate you, that’s their problem. “Sister’s Advice to Me”
  8. Understand that some friends are in your life for a season. People grow apart and though it’s painful, such is life.
  9. Don’t be afraid to venture out to try new things. Get out of your comfort zone.
  10. Spend time with your family. Create memories with them. Take lots of pictures & Record videos with them. Interview your parents. Ask them about their childhood/advice they would give to their younger self. It’s been amazing doing this so trust me, make the most out of it. Like my mom/dad says “Life is too short”. We are alive by God’s grace so make the most out of each day you are granted 🙂
  11. Waking up in the morning is a gift/testimony despite how you are feeling. Someone didn’t wake up. Be grateful.
  12. Every trial that we face in this lifetime serves as a purpose. Though we may not understand every situation, there is always a lesson if we pay attention.
  13. Be careful who you share your information with. Not everyone has a good interest at heart.
  14. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh often.
  15. Don’t give people the power over you.
  16. Continue being yourself. Kind you are. Caring you are. Never change who you are because of how people have treated you.
  17. Save your money. This is not something that was difficult for me because I love to save but it may be a reminder to someone else.
  18. Speak life into your situation. Pray about everything. I mean everything. Get in the position where you can pray at all times. God is listening. He is closer than you think.
  19. Prioritize. If people don’t prioritize you, you don’t have to do the same for them.
  20. Don’t stress over things. Things will eventually work out for you. God has your back.
  21. Read books. Never stop educating yourself outside of the classroom.
  22. Stay Focused On Your Goals. Don’t make excuses because time surely flies and before you know it, all that you had set for yourself has not been accomplished.
  23. Embrace the season your’e in. Nothing is permanent. Continue to live, love, learn. Be your authentic self 🙂

Cheers to what lies ahead of us all. Have a lovely day 🙂 xoxo