give a little love inspiration

i’ve been following black and married with kids‘ online and in social media for years. their website is chock full of good information and stories related to black marriage and families. if you’ve done the good deed by jumping the broom, you know how it is. you’ve said the vows, had the party, things are good and then you get to a space where you just plain ol’ don’t know what’s going on with your communication, you’re in a rut and you just can’t figure out how to get things on track again. well, bmwk has produced a few films that are focused on uplifting and inspiring folks to stay the course in marriage and commit to their spouses and children. there’s nothing like knowing someone else understands what you’re going through and got over it.

the black family 4-pack dvd package is now being offered at a discount ($60!) and includes: happily ever after: a positive image of black marriage, you saved me, men ain’t boys and still standing!

blackmarriedwkidsfilmshappily ever after: a positive image of black marriage takes a look at black marriage from inside and outside of the community.

you saved me is a collection of love stories that speak to marital challenges and triumphs.

still standing features kindred the family soul, arrested development’s speech, yolanda thomas and more and shows couples conversing on how they made it through when others have failed.

men ain’t boys offers a look at issues such as stereotypes surrounding manhood, the results of effective fatherhood and the requirements for maintaining lasting love, relationships and marriages.

also, in early 2014 bmwk is offering new year, new marriage, a dvd and workbook set that couples can use at home to strengthen their marriages.

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forget bling, get some sparkle

so you want some bling, some shine, some ooooooo la la, but your pockets are screaming no, no, no?? how about settling for just a little sparkle? for now. and i’m imagining that if you’re a little stressed at this time of year (or know someone who is), banging on this baby will relieve a bit of tension.

crack me open geode by chaparral studio.

sparkleswould make a great stocking stuffer, no?

scarves, skirts and more…oh my!

as i’m sure you know, etsy is a great place to find awesome. sometimes it takes a little digging, but it’s there. and barkdecor is chock full of awesome. they offer everything from clothing and jewelry to art prints and home decor.

here are a few of my faves from their offerings.

impalatankimpala tank

mountainkaleidoscopemountain kaleidoscope cowl scarf

nazcalinesnazca lines

nyalahighwaistedskirtyaaaaaasssss!!! this one’s my ultimate favorite. nyala high waisted skirt

throughthesewoodsinfinityscarfthrough these words infinity scarf

for love and lemons skivves

i’ll never forget years ago when i was in college in nyc and my cousin tasia came to visit. we caught the train down to century 21. we strolled around the store being our normal extra silly selves and landed in the lingerie section. we were joking around, picking up thongs and bras like, “oooooo…girl, do you like this ling-er-eeeee??” and this older white woman stopped near us and said, “it’s pronounced lohn/zhu/ray.” ummmmm. okay. we fell out laughing!! did she really think we didn’t know? haha!! two snaps to the old chick trynna school two young black girls.

but anyhoo, that brings me to this post. ultra girly, ultra fem, for love and lemons skivves is super sexy and fab ling-er-eeeeeeee!!

let the dream wave continue.

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love never fails by kent youngstrom

i have to admit that there have been times where i have spent a ridiculous amount of time on pinterest. now don’t get me wrong, i’m not on it daily or even once a week most weeks, but when i’m on it, i’m ON IT, ya heard? like a freakin’ pin binge.

it’s sick really. i’m finding recipes i’ll never cook and craft-y stuff i’ll probably never make, but there’s just something about collecting those pictures. strangely addictive.

but if it were not for one of those pin binges i would have probably never run across kent youngstrom and his awesome artwork. and by the way, kent pins too.

this is the first piece i stumbled across…

loveneverfailsfabso simple, right?? but so wonderfully fabulous all at the same time. i neeeeeeed this now. a bit dramatic, but i’d like to have it a whole, whole lot. the thing is it was selling on fab.com and as of this post is all sold out. bummer.

but alas, kent is an artist and offers a whole array of work. here are a few of my faves. if you’re stumped on Christmas gifts, give the gift of art!

kent4kent1 kent2 kent3kent5i can’t lie. his work has more than inspired me to pick up a brush and some paint and get busy again. painting is definitely one of my favorite things to do.

metalin’ with vanessa mooney

steps up to the mic *tap tap tap* hellooooooo, is anyone out there??

ahem… i know i’ve been gone quite some time. well, life happens and sometimes those happenings drain all of your inspiration and creativity and willingness to do any daggone thang.

but…

i’m back. back-er than back. now usually during this time of year i’m busy making stuff to give folk for Christmas, but i just don’t have it in me to eek it out this year. so instead, i’m compiling a dream list of thangs. maybe it’ll inspire you and give an idea or two for that special someone in your life! or you can ride along with me on the dream wave. either/or.

so here to kick off the dream wave is vanessa mooney‘s lovely jewelry. i’ve been a fan of her work for quite some time because her creations are just soooo dope. no other way to describe it.

aloversembracebodychain2a lover’s embrace bodychain

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inyourheartnecklace2_edited-1in your heart necklace

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ridinghighcuff2riding high cuff

spellonyoucuff2spell on you cuff

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thejanisring2the janis ring

whereveryouwandernecklace2wherever you wander necklace

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