Let’s Get Personal

How many of you guys are familiar with a website called Tumblr? Back in the day, that was my holy place. From the ages of maybe 15-19 years old, I lived on Tumblr. It was a place where I could post whatever I wanted, whether it was fashion related, a poem I just wrote, or long letters to myself. It was the best place to vent because not very many of my “real life friends” used the site or followed me on it. It was pretty much all strangers interacting with me. Other depressed kids, or kids with cool style who lived in New York. I loved having these people follow me, reply to me, and give me advice. It was like an escape from reality. It opened up a door to different cultures, art, music, ways of thinking…stuff I couldn’t get from my mostly white suburb in Texas. Most of the time, it didn’t feel like the people around me locally could relate to anything I was struggling with. I was embarrassed to talk them anyway. It was much easier to type out my feelings and get feedback from thousands of miles away. Spoiler alert: Tumblr isn’t the same anymore and I haven’t used the site in years. But because of that, I also feel like I haven’t gotten the opportunity to “type out my feelings” much lately. (more…)

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

In honor of Father’s Day I wanted to take some time today to share some pictures of some of my favorite memories with my dad. Bonus–you get to see some old goofy pictures of me too!

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What Moms REALLY Want – By My Mom!

What Moms REALLY Want – By My Mom!

Hey y’all!  Chef Toni here, hijacking Raven’s blog today. Mother’s Day is next weekend and I know some of you are scratching your heads about what to get your mama. Let me give you some perspective, from a mom’s point of view.  When it comes to Mother’s Day, I’m an expert. After all, I’ve birthed four babies and I’ve lived through 35 Mother’s Days!!! By the way, that’s me, my mom, and my grandmother holding my first-born, baby Ashleigh in the picture above.

Me & Baby Raven

I think I speak for most moms when I say the first thing we want in LIFE is for YOU, our precious offspring, to be healthy, happy, and productive. After that, we’d like a little peace. When you were little, it was peace and quiet–now, it’s just PEACE. We’ve cherished your gifts through the years—handmade cards with drawings of stick figures, flowers and hearts, clay and paper mache’ masterpieces… and later, the carefully selected, sweet, and inexpensive trinkets from the dollar store. HOWEVER, if you’re old enough to read this, you may want to think about upgrading your treats for mom on Mother’s Day.

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Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

 7 Ways to Treat Yourself on Valentine’s Day

We celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, and that includes loving the most important person in your life–YOU.  Just because you’re single (like me!) it doesn’t mean you can’t do something nice on February 14th.  This year, make it a point to do something special for yourself.  Taking time to pamper and focus on yourself isn’t overindulgent, it’s important and you’re worth it!

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