Random Thoughts: Some Music I Like


Watermelon Smoothie

I’m so sad this beautiful summer is coming to an end. #tears

Here’s a last minute recipe before watermelons and strawberries are no longer in season.


2 cups of seedless watermelon

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup of soymilk or almond milk

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries

1/2 cup of ice

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

UNDER packing = Freedom

“Mostly, however, I want the freedom to ‘wander’ without the burden of possessions and responsibilities.” Francine Jay

I have a terrible habit of over packing when heading out of town.  On our trip to Disney World this last June, I packed 6 bags for one week, and had the nerve to call myself a light packer when I was putting everything together.

Took this picture before leaving Disney-My sister’s luggage is included

I only packed 3 outfits for each person (we stayed 7 days with washer and dryer in the condo), yet still managed to take unnecessary items.  My boys said they needed to bring several books, toys, and other things they failed to use while in FL.  Meanwhile for myself, I packed extra shoes, jewelry, and other items.  I hated that we had to go straight to the condo after landing in Orlando to unload our luggage instead of exploring Orlando.  I felt like having too much baggage literally held us back.

Improving my packing:

  • Pack early-I’m always last minute when it comes to packing.  I literally packed for a family of five for a week the midnight before our flight.  In my state of panic, I think I added too much of some stuff and not enough of others. Packing earlier will allow me time to reevaluate what I have before closing the overnight bag.
  • Stick to basic clothing to mix and match-Blue jeans, black pants, black and white shirts go with everything. Even though I have never been (and will likely never be) a fashionista, I think accessorizing any outfits with scarves and earrings gives a new look each time.  Also, these items take up a lot less space in my travel bag.
  • If it doesn’t fit in an overnight bag, don’t take it-Enough said.

So I guess I should start packing now…Heading to Chicago in the morning and need to make sure my luggage is light.  I plan to sightsee straight from the airport and this should be easy since I will only have a backpack.

Vegan While Out: Ben’s Next Door (Washington, DC)

Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC landmark; a black owned business established in 1958. Located on the fabulous U St. corridor, there is a little something for herbivores and omnivores alike.

In 2009, Ben’s Next Door was established as a sit down restaurant and bar, which is literally next door.

I started off with the vegan chili-Fab!

Most restaurants post their menus online, so don’t forget to check it out before leaving your home.

Be pleasant with the wait staff – I’ve been around vegetarians/vegans who are downright nasty when their order doesn’t come out as expected.  Make sure to be specific with your server about your needs. Also, be sure to tip well, especially if the server went above and beyond to accommodate your request.

Happy vegan dining!

Blend and Enjoy: Smoothies

I love smoothies because there are so many options to create a quick breakfast or snack. I use leafy green vegetables like fresh spinach, collards, swiss chard, kale, or lettuce. I also enjoy adding fresh seasonal fruit, ginger, and green superfood powder.

So replace that donut and coffee with something that will give you energy without the crash. Thinking about grabbing a bag of chips? Blend a vitamin packed smoothie instead.


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Women in Art

I visited the National Museum of Women in the Arts  yesterday. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Les trois grâces (The Three Graces) by Niki de Saint Phalle is actually located right in front of the museum on New York Ave.  I love how this art celebrates the beauty of the female body.

Erase Discrimination

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Hair Crush: YaYa DaCosta