Alicia Keys – We Are Here

So Alicia Keys has done it again by bringing us music with substance! Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a party, music & all, but it’s good to hear some real R&B with a REAL message from time to time.

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I’m pretty sure many music lovers have noticed how much good, quality music has decreased over the last few years. Let’s hope artists such as Alicia Keys never lose that because spreading a positive message through music is one of the reason’s music is so powerful in the first place!

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Think John Lennon or Michael Jackson. Through music, they spread love and a message of unity for all. I’d like to think we will always have musicians like this that will never forget the power of a song with a purpose. 🎶🎶🎶

Written By: Lady

Follow her on Instagram at: @ladyonthegooo

THIS JUST HAPPENED: CELINE DIONE & NE-YO DUET – “INCREDIBLE”

I love both of these singers so much! They are so talented without having to be as gimmicky as most artists have to be nowadays to garner attention. This is already a hit to me! Beautiful! Modern enough to be relevant yet still keeping in line with the musical styles of both singers. ❤

MOLLY KATE KESTNER – HIS DAUGHTER

Molly became a YouTube sensation off of this video of her singing a song she wrote that recently hit the ‘net. The crazy thing is, she recorded “His Daughter” on her phone that happens to sport a cracked screen and even wrote the song in just 15 minutes. Apparently, she’s been uploading and sharing videos of original music that she plays on the piano as she sings and sharing it with friends and family via social media platforms.

She says of the song “His Daughter”, that it wasn’t written about her own experiences but actually inspired by friends and other women who have dealt with situations described in the song. Molly never expected for it to go viral, much less for it to resonate with so many around the world (“His Daughter” has more than 6 million views at this point).

This goes to show that a true artist/musician does not need flashing lights and flashy attire to create music that touches the heart and souls of so many.

Best of luck, Molly!

FOODIE ALERT: BREAKFAST CUPCAKES

On Saturday, I woke up with a craving. A craving for something new.

Then, it hit me.

I’d been holding off on trying a fun, creative way of having breakfast that I was inspired by on Instagram of all places.

Breakfast cupcakes.

Cupcakes? How could cupcakes be a part of breakfast? They are anything but!

Do not lose yourself in a dark world of hysteria trying to figure this out, for I have the answer ready for you because it is possible.

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Aren’t they just beautiful? 😀

All you need are eggs, bacon, cheese (shredded), hashbrown (optional), and peppers (optional).

I chose to use bacon, peppers, and shredded cheese for mine. Mainly because I didn’t have hashbrown available so I’ll definitely make another post for that one.

And so it begins…

I made 12 cupcakes for 6 people; 2 cupcakes a person. Thankfully, the tray already has 12 molds.

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The instructions are simple:

Heat oven to 400°F

Place foil liner in each of 12 molds and spray with generous amount of cooking spray

12 Eggs (or as many as you think you’d need – 1 per person is suffice)

(Mix in a bowl and add a little bit of milk for extra fluff)

Cook bacon

(I recommend doing this first to save time) I used 6 pieces of bacon to get enough for each person and shredded it once the strips were cooked. Just pull it apart in little pieces with your hands.

Peppers

I used red, yellow, and orange peppers by cutting them into small pieces.

Once those two parts were completed, the bacon, cheese, and peppers were dumped into the bowl and mixed with the eggs.

Afterwards, the mix was poured into the cupcake molds making sure that there was enough in each mold. There was nothing left over in the bowl so as stated above, 1 egg per person is perfect for this.

Once this is done, the next step is simple: Bake!

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Let it bake for about 13 to 16 minutes. To be extra sure that they are done, just use a knife and insert into center of cupcake. If the knife comes out clean they are ready!

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The recipe I had tried recommended Siracha sauce to pair with the cupcakes and I just so happened to have some at home. I liked it!

There you have it! Simple and deliciously creative Breakfast Cupcakes! If you have kids at home, they’ll love this fun twist on a traditional American breakfast. You don’t need to have children to enjoy these yourself though!

As always,

oxoxo ❤

 

VITILIGO UPDATE!

Hey ya’ll!

Quite recently, on my IG page (follow me there!), I made a post about how my Vitiligo situation seems to be improving. I just want to share that post with you so here is a copy of what I had written in that post and a “Before & After” picture included.

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Latest #Vitiligo Update!: SO, after a few days of questioning whether I was imagining things, I can honestly see proof of my Vitiligo spots regaining some color! 🙀 As some might know, I decided NOT to seek treatment or try countless remedies for the skin condition us #vitiligans share. This has been purely coincidental and unintentional! Okay, so the photo on the left was taken just last Summer & I had a slight tan but not too different from my natural, lighter skin tone. On the right is a picture I took today; excuse the tired face please. Lol After drinking smoothies made with my #NutriBullet, I can honestly say I noticed a difference on my face within 1 1/2 week of drinking just ONE smoothie DAILY! I have placed no filters in this photo and Idk about y’all but it looks like I have regain some color! I just wanted to post this update to help those looking for a NATURAL way to combat this condition. I DO NOT state that this method is guaranteed HOWEVER, I have read countless articles and reviews on how simply boosting your immune system by changing your diet has helped people immensely! At the end of the day, whether this continues to repigment my skin or not, I have already accepted myself and I hope my #teamvitiligo does the same. Feel free to test this idea out for yourself but remember that no matter what, TRUE BEAUTY LIES WITHIN. Love you all!!!!

Hope you find this interesting and inspiring!

oxox!

O.P.I. – Liquid Sand Review

When I came across this beautiful, shimmery, eye-catching color of nail lacquer that is O.P.I. Liquid Sand in Kiss Me At Midnight I was floored.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but still, this color is absolutely gorgeous!

So much so, that I decided to create a quick review for you guys! 😀

O.P.I. Liquid Sand Review

Isn’t it great!? lol

Here is a picture of it with a better camera to really get you to understand why I’m freaking out (in a good way) about this nail polish.

BAM!

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What, you thought I was playing?

Here’s an even closer close-up:

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(With flash & without flash)

Look at that blue! Look at that shimmer! I DARE you to tell me it isn’t absolutely sublime!

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas loves! 🌲❄️⛄️

This year was the first time in a few years that I spent Christmas at home. I’m happy to be able to do this now and it has been wonderful. On Christmas Eve I visited family for a few and had a couple of drinks. After midnight, I headed home to keep the party going but I made a mistake. I mixed drinks and boy, was that a bad idea. On top of that, I ate after having my first two shots of the night and then had a few more of a different liquor afterwards. NOT FUN. You see, I’m not much of a drinker; so even though I didn’t get drunk and just felt tipsy at most, my stomach was another issue entirely. Yep, I’m one of those. It’s weak, I know.

Here’s my outfit on the night before Christmas:

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I had plans on what I’d wear Christmas Day but because of my tummy, (I woke up and it was still hurting for most of the day) I wasn’t motivated in the least way to get dolled up. It’s a shame because the outfit would of made for a great post. I planned the look from head to toe! 😩😢

I also got some great gifts; much more than what I even expected! I really like this new perfume by Heidi Klum called “Shine that I was given. It has a soft and lovely scent. Perfect to wear during the day and even at night!

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(Smells soooo good!)

Regardless of my failed attempt to dress up for the holiday and the worst alcohol induced stomach ache I’ve had in a long time, I’ve gotta say this was the best Christmas I’ve had in years. 😃

I hope your Christmas has been swell! Fa, la, la, la, laaa, la, la, la, laaa! 😉

Oxox

BIRTHDAY TREATS & FRIENDS

ImageSo I come home after work and my friend is just sitting on my couch, eating noodles and watching anime like she owns the place.

Comfortable, much?

ImageI head upstairs and decide that I’m going to jump back into my workout routine. Getting back into the jist of things wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be. Actually, I enjoy working out but I wasn’t feeling all that well for the last few days.

I pulled out my ladybug yoga mat that I love so much and did some stretching. Then I watched my favorite workout videos on YouTube (I don’t know what dvd is worth buying so I stick to YouTube for now, lol) and started to pump it! XD

After the main workout I still had some energy left in me so I decided to look up some Zumba videos. Now I’m addicted!

I probably looked like this the whole time:

Not really. It was more like:

Boss status.

This is just disturbing.

Anyway, I did my thing and then I went downstairs to a nice surprise.

A friend of ours stopped by and brought belated birthday goodies!

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Thanks @peepmykicks_!!

Can’t go wrong with that!

Then, another friend walks in and she plops this on the table:

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How could you?

It’s safe to say, I didn’t eat any last night. Yeah, I’m proud.

BUT, that doesn’t mean tonight I won’t have a go.

Can’t wait to head home!

Oh, almost forgot. I got myself a nice little treat for my day of birth as well.

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Until! oxox

DAFT PUNK – RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES – FULL ALBUM

Man, 2013 has had it’s share of music hits but this. THIS?

Daft Punk’s latest album “Random Access Memories” is a beautifully composed nod to eras passed. I truly enjoy listening to it from beginning to end while never needing to skip a track in between; it is that good!

It is artistic, fun, and sensitive. If you haven’t listened to it yet or thought Daft Punk only had a specific style you’ll be in for a nice surprise.

My personal favorites are “Within”, “Instant Crush”, “Lose Yourself To Dance” (Sweat), and “Touch” although each and every track provides easy listening.

My #1 is “Touch” and #2 is “Instant Crush”. I just love the way “Touch” transitions from one style to another and another all in one track! The slowed down sections and the singer’s vocals remind me a lot of Paul McCartney for some reason. The album itself reminds me a bit of Radio Head and Pink Floyd; both amazing bands/groups.

Alright, enough rambling! Listen to it and tell me what you think in a comment! 🙂

Here is the track list below:

1 Give Life Back to Music 4:34
2 The Game of Love 5:21
3 Giorgio by Moroder 9:04
4 Within 3:48
5 Instant Crush 5:37
6 Lose Yourself to Dance 5:53
7 Touch 8:18
8 Get Lucky 6:07
9 Beyond 4:50
10 Motherboard 5:41
11 Fragments of Time 4:39
12 Doin’ It Right 4:11
13 Contact 6:21
14 Horizon 4:24