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Loneliness, Thanksgiving, Blessings, & TIPS

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This church is over 10K Feet ABOVE sea level & was beautiful! We’ll chat more ’bout this soon!

Well helllllo, y’all! Summer has sprinted outta here in Georgia and Fall is creeping’ in the scene with a slight gansta lean! Chile, it’s funny how lil ole Fall wants to TRY to roll up & it’s almost December!

A belle has been enjoying the foliage of beautiful red, orange & the bright yellows. I’ve been at peace & joyful, but sadly, this time of year is a reminder to some of what they think they do not have. Truth be told, you have A LOT sweet friends. You just have to focus on IT. Walk wit me….

img_1996          I miss my old apartment this time of year!!

After a recent convo with my good friend back home, we started flapping’ our gums about the weather changin’ & ended up having a beautiful convo about God. You see, I was reminded that this time of year (I believe more so than any other) that the enemy, Satan, tries to hold our joy hostage & convince us that we have to feel lonely. Unfortunately, my friend is not close to her family at all. What I had to remind her is that the Lord blesses us with special people in our lives. We are never alone as our Father is always with us no matter who’s there & who isn’t there.

Friends hear a belle well….everyday is Thanksgiving & should be lived as such. Don’t let society fool you into thinking that it’s important to do good one or two times of the year.

SO. NOT. TRUE.

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                                                     Sissy & I on a recent trip praying & praisin’!

Now let’s get something straight. You can be in a relationship & still feel lonely. Don’t get it twisted, honey. Sometimes our thoughts can be negative. These negative thoughts may even try to tap us on the shoulder & remind many of us that we don’t have family, friends, or even a boo to snuggle up with. Chile it’s a big fat ole lie. All we will ever need is God. Anything extra is a blessing waiting to happen.

Let’s talk about a few ways to keep positive as the leaves dance to the ground & the air is cooler. ‘Kay? Alrighty.

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  1. Thank your creator (whomever it is) that you are alive & well because you are here for a reason.
  2. Surround yourself with loved ones. Don’t be fooled into thinking’ that family is considered your only source of love. Get out of your negative mind & meet new friends–Try Meetup.com (fun groups in your area), church or more. Case & point: My sis has met a ton of new friends on the Island she resides on. Chile, Shermika won’t tell ya this, but she has many sweet new friends who help her compact negative thoughts of missing me and the rest of the fam this time of year. She misses me so. Don’t tell her I said so & PLEASE don’t let her fool you. Ha!!
  3. Think positive. PERIOD. Even when there’s a storm around you. You have a choice. So choose wisely. It’s easy to think & be positive when your circle supports positive thinking.
  4. Think before you REACT!! What’s a true testament is how you think + react when your surroundings are less than ideal. When your surroundings seem lonely how will you react?
  5. Give praises to your creator when times are good & BAD. People always want to omit the bad/negative times,  but the truth is that it rains on the just and unjust. Get ya umbrella & dancing’ rain boots ready.

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Shermika & I want to send you positive vibes, love, & inspiration through our blog. Bare with us as we get back into our groove of writing, sharing, & exploring. We pray that each of you be renewed in joy & a new attitude this season and EVERYDAY. God has been too good for us all not to be. Until next time! Peace out.

–XOXO  T & S

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Travel Fly in Dubai

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By now our loyal friends know that a belle loves to travel. It keeps our minds sane and makes our heart flutter.  Last year, I was blessed with the opportunity to see Dubai thanks to a glitch fare. In short, a glitch is an unexpected (el cheapo) fare honey!

Chile, I saw Dubai for less than a meal in NYC or even a plane ticket to my beloved 2nd home (ATL shawty!)

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Being in the Middle East allowed me to appreciate the culture so here are some nuggets I’d like to share.

  • Dubai is in the desert so BABYYYY it is hot there! I went in June with my ace and we were sweating bullets.
  • Dubai is like Vegas times 1,000. Everything here is about glitz, glamour and excess. Many say Dubai is westernized, but it’s a city that’s forward thinking and fun! Save your coins and spend a lil.
  • Try something different when you travel. We stayed in a DOPE hotel near the Saudia Arabian border (in the middle of nowhere) and took a cooking class. The food was yummy yummy and the class was fun! Pics to come later y’all.
  • Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden…it is absolutely stunning! The garden is replete with greenery in various shapes (think Paris, peacocks, and more).

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Sending all my love from Dubai...
Sending all my love from Dubai…

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  • You’re traveling abroad, so live a lil honey. You can drank the Henny at home, so experience some culture instead. Wander around the souks and ride on a dhow. Or better yet, ride a CAMEL! Look at us riding those ole camels!

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Spices galore at a souk in Abu Dhabi

Below I am trying on beautiful dresses at the souks in Dubai. These dresses are great to rock at the Grand Mosque as ladies have to be COVERED from head to toe! More on the Grand Mosque to come.

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Dubai is the land of excess so you can’t get enough shopping done here. Buy spices from all the Middle East in the souks of Old Dubai. Visit the Gold Souk and get gold jewelry at unbelievable prices.

Our trip to Dubai was full of luxury honey, so since we saved on the tickets we splurged in other ways. My girlfriend and I did a dope dinner cruise, and the food was incredible.

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  • Check out the Grand Mosque and see a people’s love for their Creator. Muslim or not, you should respect this building and will be left in awe. I’m a Christian but I appreciate different religions. Visiting the Grand Mosque was a beautiful experience. Enjoy a few of our pics & be sure to subscribe to see our next post where we’ll tell you the top 5 things to do in Dubai! Until next time.

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Chilling poolside like a boss!
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Chandelier inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


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Mic Check 1, 2…

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*taps microphone & waves hysterically*

HEYYYYY friend. Aren’t you sweet for stopping by and visiting. My oh my it’s been almost over 2 years since a belle has posted & we can’t believe time has flown by so fast. The sis & I took a well needed break but didn’t expect it would be over 2. LONG. Years. Whew! A lot of fun has taken place since we last spoke. For starters, the sis isn’t in Memphis anymore (she lives in New York y’all), is living like the little princess she is, & enjoying living on an island while occasionally gracing NYC with her royal presence. She’s made some awesome new friends, and I enjoy hopping on planes to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

As for lil ole me?

Well chile,

Ise married now, doing peachy in Georgia, and have 2 new furry babies (all 3 of them get on my nerves but I love them dearly–am I allowed to say that?! 😂)

I got rid of da cready crack, did the BC, & am getting used to this curly mane of mine. Together we’ve been traveling like tomorrow ain’t comin’. We’ve recently traveled to South Korea, Canada, Chicago, Vietnam, Colombia, and more! Don’t fret your sweet lil tail because we’ll tell you more about that in the coming weeks!

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We’ll update the blog twice a week so stay TUNED. Please share our blog with your people and em. Thanks for stopping by and visiting a belle. It’s been long overdue my friend.
With all the love our southern hearts can muster.

Xo- T&S

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Let’s Travel: Tunica

During a belle’s Spring Break (yes, a belle takes a break now), the sis and I decided to travel to the Deep South. We chose to visit the Mississippi Delta for the food, rich history, and fun. Tamika and I traveled to Tunica, MS, which is one of the most quaintest cities we’ve ever been to. Tunica is more than ching ching, slots, and the tables y’all! This city is about culture, history, blues, and of course yummy food! Blue & White Restaurant: This restaurant is where the locals go and sit at their favorite tables while waiitng on home-cooked food. If you go during lunch, there is a feel good Southern buffet of macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and more. The thing we LOVED about this restaurant were their uber thick and good doughnuts. I swear these doughnuts were better than Krispy Kreme y’all! Cafe Marie: This quaint restaurant was once a former hotel, and even Katy Perry visited it before. Each night, the menu changes to reflect seasonal offerings. We ate lunch here and it was so fresh. The prices are beyond reasonable, the service wonderful, and you are treated like family Steakhouse: Now, you may come to

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Tunimca for gambling, but if you’re a foodie, you don’t have to look further. This swanky restaurant boasts an extensive wine menu. I had the grilled asparaagus, filet mignon The truffle fries were AHMAZING, ya hear me? I had never had truffle fries before, but lemme tell ya it won’t be my last time. The bananas foster dessert was ooh so good and the preparation was great. There’s more to Tunica than casinos. We visited the Tunica Riverboat Museum, which houses the Tunica Queen, a riverboat that goes down the Mississippi River.

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Valentine’s Day Kisses xoxo

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a time when many of y’all will be all hugs, kisses, and smiles. A belle had the opportunity to try out the waterpik Aquarius Designer Series collection to get our teeth in tip top shape! Who doesn’t love designer items?! Though we’d never kiss & tell, we can’t neglect to tell ya about this little beauty here. 🙂 The Aquarius Collection is super cute, and ranges in colors from white, pink, black, & teal. They make quite the style statement in your bathroom don’t cha think! The waterpik retails for $89.99 and is WELL worth it. Y’all know I am frugal, but I am sensitive about my mouth! My dentist has recommended for years that I purchase a waterpik and I finally have ONE NOW!! My dentist always tells me to floss the teeth I want to keep, so I’ve been trying to do a good job of taking better care of this lil mouth of mine because I want ALL of my teeth years from now.  

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The waterpik says that its proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from areas that you treat in as little as 3 seconds. The device is also clinically proven to be 50% more effective for improving gum health vs. string floss. All of these claims were conducted via independent studies, but I can say that I felt the plaque gone from my mouth immediately. I am not a fan of floss because I have tight contacts, which makes it hard to floss some of my teeth in the back.

Using the waterpik has made flossing extremely easy and I can notice that my teeth feel cleaner. With 10 pressure settings, a one minute timer, and 7 tips, you’re sure to get your gums in shape in no time! The waterpik doesn’t use a lot of water, is super easy to use, and leaves your teeth and gums feeling refreshingly clean. The waterpik also promises that you’ll see results with your gums within 14 days or get your money back! It’s sure worth a try y’all! If you’ve tested this baby out then let a belle know! Until next time sweethearts!! Happy Valentine’s day!!

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