Family House Rules - To Have or Not to Have?

Family House Rules - To Have or Not to Have?

I spent some time last weekend with my newest friend and neighbour. She's seven and I really did have a great time with her. From watching YouTube videos (and singing out loud) to her displaying her gymnastic abilities and happily describing her best pair of shoes (they've got like a 1 inch block heel!).

But in all of this, there were two highlights of the day. First, was when my blonde wig fell off my head. We had been rolling on the floor and I guess it just got loose. But she wasn't surprised - even as I made an attempt to put it back on. She simply said "Can I see your real hair please". I thought that was so cool. That she could understand different backgrounds and social norms to an extent. While her dad is white, her mum is black. I had to dig out the exact country when she said 'we went to Africa on holiday'. Uhm, no. Africa is a continent. Then she mentioned the particular country in West Africa.

I've digressed, but the second highlight of the day was the amount of time we spent reading up our 'House Rules' and the conversations that ensued from it. 

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15 Uplifting Bible Verses on the Power & Strength of God's Arm/Hand

15 Uplifting Bible Verses on the Power & Strength of God's Arm/Hand

I'm usually not one to jump on a bandwagon train. Not the best trait, but many times I'm overly cynical and analytical. But sometimes, bandwagon is great. And this post stems from one of such times. Except you're largely out of touch with Social Media, or perhaps not affiliated to Nigeria in any way, only then could you have missed the #HallejujahChallenge going on social media. 

Essentially, it's a live interdenominational Christian praise & worship session being held via Instagram & Facebook at 12 midnight daily for the month of June. Praise is one thing I love. I may not be able to pray for hours non-stop, but I can sing praises and hymns for hours. It lifts me out of a bad mood. The lyrics of hymns and worship songs make me feel so close to God. So I happily joined this session!

Incidentally, it was on the first night I tuned in, was the word "Olowogbogoro" as a name for God came up. It's a Yoruba phrase (and one that could be tongue twisting). But it has a great meaning

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8 Amazing Life Nuggets From Jumoke Adenowo's King Woman Interview

8 Amazing Life Nuggets From Jumoke Adenowo's King Woman Interview

If you've read my last two Friday Notes, you'd know I'd gone on a bit about watching KingWomen. In fact my mum was around for a week and I made her and Tee watch every single episode. They almost started to make fun of me. 

This past weekend, I decided to have some chill time! So I finally opted to have a proper soak on a tub (yay! I think I may just do that often). For company, I thought to binge on the latest edition of KingWomen with Jumoke Adenowo. To be honest, I didn't really know of her. I may have heard her name few times, but that was pretty much it. 

As I do with most YouTube videos or anything at all, I quite enjoy reading  the reviews and comments. Many people seemed to think that this one was filled with gems! People even talked about bringing out their note pads and taking notes! That piqued my curiosity more. And the truth is, I could see why. I have to agree that there was so much that was very sensible in this episode. And in quite a number of ways, I could see myself in her. 

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When Blogging Gets Boring - 5 Great Ways to Spice it Up & Find Love Again!

When Blogging Gets Boring - 5 Great Ways to Spice it Up & Find Love Again!

There's something so beautiful about creating. And a lot of bloggers will testify. That moment when you finally launch your blog. It's like having a baby I hear, or being on a roller coaster - a mix of excitement & fear. And an anticipation for all of the world to see and love this your creation. I remember starting my blog & all the gush of enthusiasm (and fear) that followed. I was over the moon.

But then I think a comment sort of brought me back to earth. To paraphrase, it was something along the lines of "aww I can relate to the joy and excitement every new blogger has for their blog". Basically it insinuated that after a few months, that joy was set to fade or at least dwindle. Was she wrong? Not really. With time, the ugly bits of blogging begun to rear its head - competition and thoughts of the future, promotion, blog design, time, generating content, lack of engagement and generally feeling uninspired.

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An Unforgettable Travel Experience in India (+an Indian Wedding!) - Tofunmi Olabenjo

An Unforgettable Travel Experience in India (+an Indian Wedding!) - Tofunmi Olabenjo

First things first, look out for the reflection of the building in Tofunmi's sunglasses. That's not just an ordinary building, but the Taj Mahal in India - one of seven new wonders of the world! And so much goes into getting a photo like that - timing, location and direction of the sun!

Okay, now that's out of the way, let's have a proper introduction. I was looking through Instagram story when I saw Tofunmi's story and the location said 'Bangalore Airport India'! My first thoughts were 'what's she doing in India?'. I just hadn't pegged it to be one the places she'd jet off to. So when she confirmed that she was really on there on holiday and to attend her friend's wedding, I knew I had to hear the details of her experience! 

Because I'm not selfish, I chose to share with you & we can all feed our inner wander lust (well, at least vicariously). I don't think such experiences can really be explained. But Tofunmi did such a great job on the piece, that by the end of it, India should be on your travel list

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Money Money Money: 4 Helpful Ways to Cut Down Daily Expenditure & Save More!

Money Money Money: 4 Helpful Ways to Cut Down Daily Expenditure & Save More!

If anyone invites me for a hangout in the next couple of months and I decline, don't think I'm being anti social or cold. But if it requires spending money, I'm going to be snoozing at home, right on the couch! It's bad enough that when I had free tickets to the Orchestra, I chose to sleep!

Okay I'm exaggerating.

But I was thinking recently how I had to cut down on daily expenditure and do more to save. In fact recently, I blurted out "I think I should cancel my Netflix subscription. Β£6.99 is a lot you know. I hardly watch Netflix". My husband looked at me from across the room and said "Kach Kach, what of that one day we or maybe a guest just want to watch it. Okay transfer it to my card".   He essentially called me a cheap-skate so I left it on.

And then my mum visited a few days and we wanted her to watch The Wedding Party movie which was only on Netflix, so I guess that came in handy.

That said, I've been doing a through review of practical and real ways to cut down spending and save more!

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We Interview: Grace Alex (T2Pitchy) Entrepreneur, Journalist & Fashion Blogger

We Interview: Grace Alex (T2Pitchy) Entrepreneur, Journalist & Fashion Blogger

I sincerely think that if a few years ago I had the same level of entrepreneurial acumen, creative and business spirit as Grace does, I honestly might have just been a billionaire, running a shoe line and maybe being super famous.  

How? Let me explain. Sometime in 2009 I think, my elder brother came home with a new pair of slippers. He explained that he had just found this shoe-maker who made such beautiful slippers and sandals - for relatively cheap! And true to his word - all of his friends loved his new slippers, and he simply introduced them to the shoe maker.

I thought they were really nice and decided to get one for Tee as well. I also got a matching pair for myself.

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Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around The Web #7

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around The Web #7

Hey people!

It's okay if you're wondering why you're reading this on a Saturday. It's because I'm writing it on a Saturday. It's been so long since I had a Friday Notes post, and I didn't want to let another week go by without writing.

We've been on holiday for the past two weeks and the time zone change sort of affected my posting schedule. But all good now!

It really does feel so good to be home. We were in the US and basically had a great time being tourists and catching up with family and friends! Plus I had way too much waffles! I'll try to have a blog post on our trip as soon as I can. 

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11 Bad Phone Habits We Really Need to Quit (For Real!)

11 Bad Phone Habits We Really Need to Quit (For Real!)

While on holiday recently, my phone battery was running low, and I asked my husband if he could please pass me my charger. He laughed and said "Babe, all you do on holidays is search for WiFi and charge your phone". I laughed in response, rolling my eyes in my head and thinking "But I've barely been with phone or WiFi for the past two days. And I haven't even posted on Instagram *straight face*."

It reminded me of this draft post that had been in notes for a few months but I never completed.  At the time when I had written the first words, the inspiration had again come from my husband! Let me share what happened. 

On a very fine Sunday, a few minutes after waking up and indulging in a little bit of turning, stretching and yawning, I finally whipped out my phone to check out what my daily devotional had to say.

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Fashion Around The World - Bash Harry (Brunei)

Fashion Around The World - Bash Harry (Brunei)

Hands up if you knew Brunei was a country! I definitely didn't, but thanks to Bash I'm much more aware of facts about that country and you're about to know a bit more as well.

When I stumbled on Bash's blog via a link she left on another blog I read, I was quite interested in her fashion. But much more than her fashion, I was pretty intrigued by her writing. She has a way with words and a way of expressing herself. It caught my attention, and following her blog provided glimpses into life in Brunei.

I was excited when I found out she was moving to the UK in September 2016 to study Law. Bash is currently a first year Law Student in the University of Exeter. She was originally born and raised in Brunei, but moved to the UK in September 2016 to pursue her law degree. 

Obviously, I had fun drilling her about Brunei, her fashion, law and what her parents really think about her style!  

You'll enjoy this one. 

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