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My Favorite Perfumes That Last All Day

My favorite perfumes that last all day are Marc Jacobs and Versace perfume.

I am not a huge perfume wearer, more of a body spray type of gal but you can barely resist when you walk into a department store and the choices are plentiful.  Let us not talk about all the samples you leave with if you peruse all the cosmetic counters.

I set out on a quest to try all the samples I gathered and find my favorite perfumes that last all day, because it is nice to smell nice. And when you dish out the money that a bottle of perfume costs, you certainly want it to last all day. Plus, when I spritz my absolute favorite, Marc Jacobs Daisy Love- Eau So Sweet, my husband cannot stop saying how amazing I smell.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love-Eau So Sweet

This is the thing with Marc Jacobs perfumes, they all smell the same to me, with each one having just a slight twist. 

My favorite, Marc Jacob Daisy Love-Eau So Sweet is sweet, subtle, pretty and pleasant. You can certainly wear it as an everyday perfume.

My next favorite perfume is Versace’s Bright Crystal. This is my, “we are going out perfume.”  It is also sweet, with a bit of “turn-up”, if you will. You are definitely “in the streets” being a grown-up when you wear this one.

Versace Bright Crystal

My next favorite perfume, and the newest to my and Marc Jacob’s Daisy Love perfume collection is, Marc Jacobs Daisy Love-Daze. 

I read many reviews before making this last additional purchase, because I had no sample and one reviewer expressed, Daze smells just like the others but different.

When I received the bottle in the mail and tested it, I knew exactly what the reviewer intended to convey. Daze, indeed, smells like all the rest, so sweet but with a slight musk or woodsy note. This is one you wear when you feel like wearing it, if you know what I mean.

Marc Jacobs Daisy-Eau So Fresh Daze

So, in the department stores a bottle of designer perfume will easily run you $100+, if you are aiming for the big bottles.

In my research, Amazon has the exact same perfumes bottles for 25-50% less.  Be sure to purchase directly from the designer as oppose to a seller to avoid knockoffs.

If you would like to check out my favorite perfumes on Amazon, click the following links:

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love-So Sweet:

Versace Bright Crystal:

March Jacobs Daisy-Eau So Fresh Daze isn’t available on Amazon just yet, but you can find it at or

Perfume Application Tip: If you apply a moisturizer, such as lotion, prior to spraying perfume you give the perfume something to attach to. It lets allows the perfume to last even longer.

Gardening, Home DIY, Living

Building a Raised Garden Bed

Let the growing games begin!

This has been a thought in my mind for a few years.  After taking in gardening content for the purposes of growing food, attending classes, and stalking the amazing gardeners of Instagram, I am finally jumping out there with what I know to see what happens.

I ordered this raised garden bed on Amazon.  It was super easy to put together.  If I can harvest just one thing that is edible, I will be a happy woman.

As mentioned, I purchased this garden bed from Amazon.  This raised bed is not available directly through Amazon anymore, but there are a ton of options to choose from.

The pieces were packaged nice and secure.  Every piece was cut precisely, to allow the groves to slide into place.  There are no tools required to build the actual box.  You will only need a screwdriver to screw in the screws that attach to the decorative pieces on each corner of the raised bed.  I used a battery pack drill to do this, easy, but you can use a hand screwdriver with a little elbow grease.

The total build time took 22 minutes, from start to finish.  I built it alone, in my dining room.  No help is required.

This bed seems to be a great product and it gathers great reviews.  I paid $99.  The current cost of this specific raised bed at the time of this post is, $109.

This is where you can order the garden bed directly:

Added bonus: Free shipping, no minimum.

Do you have a home garden?  If so, what are you currently growing?  If not, what would you like to see me grow in my garden?

I hope you follow me along this journey.


My Top 8 Podcasts

In last week’s blog post, “Get to Know Me,” I mentioned that I listen to podcasts more than watching television, but what is a podcast?

I thought the same thing when I first saw the term in an online article I was reading.  That article linked to the insanely famous Serial podcast: I began to listen, and I’ve been hooked on podcasts ever since.  They are great for listening on road trips, riding to work, or just washing dishes.

So, a podcast is a digital audio file that you can listen to, like the radio.  Some podcasts are structured as series of the same storyline told over time or can be new episodes with a different story each cycle.  Podcasts are free to listen to or to download via Apple Podcast or Google Podcast.  There are a range of topics: true crime, self-help, business, food, reality show; basically anything you’re interested in, there’s a podcast about it.

Now that’s out the way, let’s move on to the fun stuff. Here are my top 8 podcasts that are in my regular rotation and why.  I also list a few series that are a must listen.

Criminal podcast is about people who’ve committed crimes or have been the victim of a criminal offense.  This podcast finds the most interesting storylines from around the world and interview the actual people involved in the crime, scheme, etc. This aspect makes the storytelling engaging and the host is a natural storyteller.
Recent episode: Ep. 121 – Off Leash

I have no idea how the Ear Hustle podcast got permission to broadcast INSIDE a prison, but the idea is genius.  Ear Hustle shares life stories about the guys who are incarcerated at the California prison, San Quentin.  Initially the podcast was hosted by a visual artist and inmate who had been in prison for 18 years.  Until… his sentence was commuted and now he is hosting the podcast on the outside, along with a new host on the inside.  A perspective on prison life of guys who still have a chance of getting out, while others will never leave the walls of San Quentin alive.  These are stories I’m sure you’ve never heard before.
Recent episode:  Ep. 31 – Inside Music  

Myleik is the creative entrepreneur who owns the company CurlBox.  Curlbox is a successful subscription box, dedicated to natural hair.  I was a subscriber to this box, so naturally I learned that Myleik hosted a podcast, the My Taught You Podcast.  She has said that if she became successful, she’d tell everyone how she did it.  When I say she does just that, she does just that.  She gives you all the tips, details, and the mindset needed. Basically, it‘s a blueprint on how to start and run a successful business.  Just about everyone refers to her as the big sister or cousin who tells it like it is, that you wish you had in your back pocket.  Well, this podcast is as close as it gets.  Be prepared with a pen and a notebook because even if you’re not an entrepreneur, you’ll want to write down all her gem droppers and execute them word-for-word.
Recent Episode: Summer Refresh Your Finances

It’s Oprah!  Need I say more?  Super Soul Conversations are conversations with “thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts.”  Soul conversations allow you to think of the world in a much bigger way.  Not just the life in the bubble I operate in daily, but how life fits into the bigger scheme of everything that life is meant to be.  It’s exactly as it’s titled: conversations with your soul. Recent episode: Bob Igler: The Ride of a Lifetime

Stuff You Should Know (SYSK) is a podcast about things you should know, and a bunch of random things you didn’t think you should know.  I laugh at least once in every episode of SYSK.  If you like to know a little about a lot of things, SYSK is a lite, fun and quirky podcast that will give you some fascinating topics for conversations in any room you’re stuck in.
Recent episode: We Are Running Out of Sand and That Actually Matters

My sister-in-law hipped me to The Casey Crew podcast three years ago when it released its first episode.  She said they reminded her of me and Edward (my husband), been together forever, married young, and have a whole bunch of kids.  If you’re familiar with the morning show, The Breakfast Club, then you’re familiar with one of its hosts, DJ Envy (Raashaun Casey).  He and his wife Gia Casey co-host the podcast, and they discuss the gamut of their lives, marriage, kids, work.  EVERYTHING.  They hold nothing back.  Envy gives his rough and sometimes smooth-around-the-edge’s perspective, and Gia brings the level headedness, let’s-look-at this-from-all-perspectives view to the podcast.
Recent episode:  Ep. 126 – Can You Afford Me

Therapy for Black Girls (TBG) is hosted by a licensed psychologist.  Every week she tackles real-life topics suggested by listeners or topics and themes that are apart of our world every day.  Mental health, personal development, and discussing how to be the best versions of ourselves are TBG’s focus.
Recent episode: Session 118 – Making Friends As An Adult

The Undisclosed team consists of two practicing attorneys and an attorney who is a law professor.   The team investigates wrongful convictions and the U.S. criminal justice system.  Every aspect of the crime is investigated, when law enforcement began the investigation, the trial, the verdict and even through the appeals process.  They turn up facts, evidence, etc. that never made it to court.  I am intrigued by the Undisclosed team because they are potentially giving the wrongfully convicted a voice that might not otherwise be heard.
Recent case: State v. Greg Lance

Podcast Series that are binge worthy:

Atlanta Monster – Tells the story of 25 Atlanta missing and murdered children.  The accused is currently in prison, but is he the actual Atlanta Monster?

Bear Brook – “Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer.”  One barrel found and the second barrel found 10 years later. Were they related is the question that keeps you hooked.

In the DarkSeason One, the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.  No answers for 27 years, until.  Season Two, a man named Curtis Flowers has been tried for the SAME crime SIX times.  Say what!?!

Serial – Season One, the Adnan Syed story and Season Three, Inside the Cleveland Juvenile Justice System.  The podcast chose Cleveland because it let them record EVERYWHERE.

Up and Vanished – Season One, the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.


20 Question & Answer-style “Get to Know Me”

It’s been one month since I launched my blog,  I realized I’ve been on social media for quite a few years and I have never spoken on camera, so I’m posting a video for you guys to attach a voice to a face and this fun 20 Question & Answer-style “Get to Know Me.”

1. Where are you from?

I was born in California, but I grew up in Arizona, so I say I’m from Arizona.

2. What is your favorite snack?

Warm chocolate chip cookies with walnuts.  My favorite healthy snack is fruit salad with nectarines, strawberries, grapes, etc. with homemade whipped cream on top. 

3. What is your favorite color?

Black.  My mom says this is not a real favorite color. lol

4. Are you married and do you have kids?

Yes, married for almost 20 years and we have four kids:  3 boys and 1 girl (20, 15, 11, 6).

5. Where are your favorite places to shop for clothing and home décor?

I’m not a fashionista, so I shop for clothing where I can find a deal at that moment.  It must be comfortable first, then cute.  I can usually find something in JCPenney, if not, Rainbow, Burlington, or Ross.

Home shopping is a different story.  My home shopping rotation of stores consists of Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, Kirkland’s, Ross, and Amazon.  I like to browse Pier1, World Market, and ZGallerie for inspiration.

6. What is one of your favorite smells?  

LOVE the smell of rain and Worcestershire sauce.

7. What is your favorite food?

Depends on my mood, but primarily my 3 Go-tos are Mexican, BBQ, and pizza.  I’m a pizza fanatic.

8. Toilet paper: Over or Under?

Under, of course.

9. What do people think is weird about you?  

I’m sure there are many things, but to name a few, I cannot look at certain things with a certain texture/pattern.  I do not touch whole chickens, turkeys, Cornish game hens, etc.  I also do not eat the flats of party chicken wings, EVER. 

10. What animal do you think would be the most terrifying if it could speak?

I don’t have a dog in the home, but I’m sure if dogs could talk it would be borderline fascinating and terrifying.  They are always around, witnessing everything.

11. What shows do you watch?

I watch mostly any show on HGTV, Travel Channel, or life documentaries pertaining to real crime.  I listen to podcasts far more than I watch television.

I will binge watch shows that my friends and family recommend to me.  Just binge watched all three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale that was recommended by my mom.

12. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?  

Pretty much anything where there’s yelling and fighting, especially if it’s categorized as reality TV.  I do not watch horror movies, and even if I do watch a movie I like, I RARELY watch the same movie twice so I can’t recite movie lines with you.

13. Do you have pets?

No.  The proper care of a pet is a lot of work.  My kids have brought several negotiation talks to the table, but none have been accepted.

14. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to?  

Parasailing is at the very top of my bucketlist.

15. What is the most annoying question that people ask you?  

Is my hair real.  I’m sure my fellow naturalistas can relate, especially when you straighten your natural hair.

16. What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?  

Best non-fiction, The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Best fiction, the book series, The Syndicate, by Brick & Storm

17. Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?  

Any city that is close to the ocean or any body of water.

18. What amazing thing have you done in your life?  

Given birth to children.  Second most amazing, given birth to children with no pain medicine or epidural.

19. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Finding something, someone, or my perspective on certain situations.

20. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? 

We love cruising. Go on a cruise.  Some people love them, some people hate them.  You should go at least once to determine which group you’re in.  It’s a cost-effective way to see more than one place in one trip.

Your turn: 

Pick one of the questions from the list,
answer below or over on Instagram, so I can get to know you!